What is Emotional Intelligence?

Is emotional intelligence important in determining a person’s success in life? Research shows that successful business people tend to have high EQ scores. Analyzing and developing your emotional skills can help you succeed in the workplace, especially in Japan…

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Company Bonenkai and Shinnenkai

It’s the end of the year, so you may have been getting invites to bonenkai parties by friends and coworkers. It’s not uncommon for foreigners in the west to have “end-of-the-year” or holiday parties hosted by their companies. In Japan, it’s a custom that dates back to the Meiji era, and remains a continued tradition among…

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Decision Making in Japan

We have all heard Japanese business culture is different. Everyone who has ever worked in Japan or done business with Japanese people can attest to that, citing reasons ranging from cultural rules to management styles. Each company is different, but one thing that is always consistent for both Japanese people and foreigners when discussing business…

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Employee Retention: Benefits and Perks

When doing some quick research about work in Japan, the first things you’ll come across are stories about long working hours and the story of the salaryman. Yes, Japanese employees are notorious for being overworked. But, if you dig a little deeper you’ll be able to find out a little more about what Japanese companies…

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Nommunication

Part of being a good team player in a Japanese company is going out for drinks after work with your coworkers. Drinking at the bar provides a setting where employees of any level can truly communicate with managers, and be open and honest about issues. In fact, there is a name for it: nommunication. It’s…

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The Japanese Salaryman

If you’ve researched anything about the work culture in Japan, no doubt the term “salaryman” has come up. Most of the information out there paints a bleak picture of the life of salarymen in Japan, and eludes to the bigger picture of the Japanese working environment and culture. Coming from the west, the image of…

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