Doing Business in Japan

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Doing Business in Japan

Abstract
This report will highlight the various aspects of Japanese culture important to understanding how the average Japanese man or woman goes about his or her day. This report will also analyze various aspects of Japanese culture which would be useful for a Canadian business person to have a successful and safe business stay in Canada, and very briefly highlight some differences between the Canadian and Japanese culture.

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Abstract................................................................................................................................1 Introduction..........................................................................................................................5 Brief Overview.........................................................................................................5 Geography & Climate..............................................................................................5 Religion....................................................................................................................5 Recent History.........................................................................................................6 Current Issues in Japan........................................................................................................6 Political Issues.........................................................................................................6

Social Issues.............................................................................................................7
Economic Issues.......................................................................................................7 Social Organization..............................................................................................................8

Family......................................................................................................................8
Roles of Men and Women.......................................................................................8
Workplace................................................................................................................9 Proper Etiquette for Doing Business in Japan.....................................................................9

Perception of Westerners.........................................................................................9
Business Etiquette & Protocol.................................................................................9
Socializing & Eating..............................................................................................11 Communication..................................................................................................................11

High context...........................................................................................................11
“Face”....................................................................................................................12
Greetings................................................................................................................12 Practical Considerations.....................................................................................................12

Immigration............................................................................................................12
Travel.....................................................................................................................13
Accommodations...................................................................................................13
Adaptation and Survival........................................................................................13
Heath & Emergencies............................................................................................13 Cultural...
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