What is Ringi? Unique Japanese Decision-making System

The significance of decisions in general is, in a lot of cultures, tied to power and authority. Inevitably, making decisions can be used and seen as a manifestation of such power and authority. Yet, in some cultures, authority is expected

2022-10-25 | Blog |
Comparing National Holidays in Japan and Germany

For employees at both Japanese companies in Germany, and German companies with Japanese business ties, it could prove useful to have an understanding of both countries’ work and holiday calendars. In this article, we will go through the public holidays

2022-08-26 | Blog |
How to do Business calls to Japanese companies (with samples)

There are many advantages to talking on the phone over face-to-face contact; for one, it enables fast response times, and second, it is a very convenient means of communication. Yet, although the phone call may perhaps be one of the

2022-07-04 | Blog |
3 Useful Japanese Business Proverbs to Understand Japanese Culture

If you work for a Japanese company or market, you’d most likely often communicate and work with Japanese people. If you then also were born and grew up outside of Japan, such interaction and/or communication could prove to be difficult

2022-04-25 | Blog |
German Cities with the Most Thriving Japanese Communities

Germany offers great opportunities for those looking for work at Japanese companies and/or in Japanese-speaking positions in Europe. When deciding where to potentially work in Germany, the location of the company or university, characteristics of the city in question are

2022-03-02 | Blog |
Why Germany is the Best Country for job Opportunities with Japanese Speaking Skills

There are not many countries in Europe that can boast having large Japanese communities – among those where Japanese companies and consequently communities thrive, Germany certainly takes one of the top spots. There are plenty of reasons as to why

2022-01-31 | Blog |
Monochronic vs Polychronic Cultures: Difficulties Europeans May Face When Working with Japanese People

There are some general differences between a Japanese and European workplace; cultural differences that may, or may not, prove to be problematic. Whether these create complications all depend on who you are and how well-prepared you are to face such

2022-01-26 | Blog |
What roles do Japanese start-up companies in Germany have?

There are roughly 2000 active Japanese companies in Germany, which mainly represent their HQ functions in the European market, and whose presence has gained more significance in the local market over the years. Alongside old Japanese companies, the number of

2022-01-10 | Blog |
Meetings with Japanese – Rules and Etiquette for internal and external meetings

Japanese people are often considered to be disciplined and polite in all kinds of situations, including business meetings. In this article, you will learn the most essential rules and etiquette which should be followed at internal and external business meetings.

2021-11-24 | Blog |
How to See Somebody Off in Japanese Business Culture and Customs

As many people who have been to Japan probably realize, the Japanese have many norms. These are hidden under a surface and therefore not visible at first sight, however, foreigners and travelers may still encounter some strange behaviors from time

2021-06-28 | Blog |