#142: “How to do business in Japan”

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<Mdm_Maestro> If I may, I impart the following advice from very hard-learned lessons working in Japan. I wish someone had told me this:

  • Read between the lines: when someone says, ďitís difficultĒ it means, ďitís impossible.Ē Yes also usually mean no.
  • Itís a waste of time to ask people to brainstorm new ideas.
  • Lying is okay if it is done for the purpose of saving face.
  • Watch your back, ratting someone out is perfectly acceptable.
  • Make sure you have tons of business cards. Treat other peoples business cards as delicately as a newborn baby.
  • Donít expect anyone to take ownership, just tell the exactly what you want them to do and you will be far more pleased with the results.
  • People donít like to make decisions. Try asking which option is better and you might get an answer.
  • Say your sorry all the time even if your not. Say thank you and excuse me even more often, it will make your life easier.
  • If you are willing to lead others will willingly follow. Be warned if one of them then f#cks something up it is your fault.
  • As a foreigner the same rules donít apply to you. As long as you are polite about it you can get away with lots.

<Mdm_Maestro> Taken from this blog.
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~~We've learned all this in three years of Japanese class from reading the ridiculous dialogues at the start of each chapter. Employees rat on each other consistently, then they give them GIRI CHOCO on Valentines day! Also, Mr. Chang has a pale face and Johnson-san was late because of a flat tire. THANKS, "JAPANESE FOR BUSY PEOPLE" BOOK SERIES!

Jadeite 2 - Master Businessman [e-mail] • 03/03/03 05:27pm