Those employees who will go to Japan for business must be well aware about social customs and traditions of this nation. They must follow strictly conservative style in dressing. It is good to prepare some gifts for our business associates. When meeting and greeting people it is necessary to bow or handshake, and when addressing Japanese businessmen the last name with “San” must be used. It is necessary to keep in mind that the Japanese highly value such personal qualities as sincerity, calmness, altruism, ability to compromise and cooperate, etc. That is why it is essential not to speak too much and too loud, remain humble during any talk, try not to disagree or refuse something openly, be grateful, etc.
It is impossible to underestimate the importance of knowing Japanese business and social customs for doing successful business there. Therefore, I kindly ask managers and secretaries of all the departments constantly keep in mind the information above.
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