Posted by: Melissa C | February 26, 2010

Cultural Awareness – Japan

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Konnichiwa!

Japan

  • Capital – Tokyo
  • Language – Japanese
  • Population – 127,078,679
    • 10th in world
  • Religion – Shintoism (83.9%), Buddhism (71.4%)
    • Shinto – Japan’s unique belief system
    • Overlap because some people practice both
  • Area – 145,914 square miles
    • 61st in world
    • Slightly smaller than California
  • Literacy – 99%

Business in Japan

  • Bow is traditional greeting
    • Depth indicates relationship status
  • Dislike strong public displays of emotion
    • Represents lack of self-control
    • Do not try to “lighten things up” at work
  • Younger team members should defer to their seniors
    • Age is highly revered
  • Offer apologies for wrongdoing
    • Important step to repairing reputation
  • Tardiness is considered rude
  • Highly value loyalty
  • Importance of business cards
    • Present with both hands
    • Read and memorize information
    • Do not place in pocket or wallet
  • Gift giving is very common

Some Useful Facts…

  • Open prejudice against foreigners
    • Especially outside of tourist areas
  • Strong male dominance in society
    • Disapprove of male-female touching
  • Use of Year/Month/Day or Day/Month/Year format
  • Remove shoes when entering a Japanese home
    • Many people wear slip-on shoes
  • Impolite to point, including with chopsticks
  • Silence is considered useful
  • Even numbers are unlucky
    • Four is particularly inauspicious
  • Wrap kimonos left over right
    • Corpses wear right over left

Implications in our Fields

  • Tourism and Hospitality
    • Tokyo
      • Disneyland – First outside U.S.
      • Tokyo Tower
    • Kyoto World Heritage Sites
      • Former imperial capital
      • 17 UNESCO sites
    • Mount Fuji
      • Active volcano
    • Ski resorts
      • 7 ski areas in Niseko region
    • Capsule hotels
      • Businessmen and foreign travelers
      • $25 to $40 per night
      • 3 feet by 4 feet by 6 feet
  • Sport and Recreation
    • Soccer
      • Push for 2018 World Cup
    • Baseball
      • Increasing popularity
      • 41 players in 2009 MLB season
      • Little League World Series
    • Martial arts
      • Jujitsu
      • Karate
      • Sumo
    • Winter sports
      • Skiing, ice skating, snowboarding
      • Winter Olympic games in 1972

Temple University Japan

  • Undergraduate programs
    • Nine majors
    • One minor – Japanese
  • Graduate programs
    • Education, business, law
  • Continuing education programs
    • Non-credit, night/weekend classes
  • American accredited university

Arigato!

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