Many a businessman transplanted to the Land of the Rising
Sun has come back with tales of culture shock and bewilderment.
To us in the West, Japanese culture remains a mystery wrapped
in an enigma.
But beneath its perplexing surface lies an extremely productive
and effective society, as evidenced by their economic muscle.
Nonetheless, the Japanese are rigidly ceremonious when it
comes to making deals. To the foreigner, or gaijin, as the
locals call them, Japanese business customs seem so deeply
entrenched in their foreign culture and traditions that
they couldn't possibly work for us in the West.
But look past the rituals themselves and you'll see concepts
that are well worth emulating, such as respect for elders,
attention to detail and an almost religious commitment to
having fun after work.
Here's a breakdown of tips we can learn from our brethren
in the Far East.