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1Intercultural Awareness in the Workplace AssignmentMatthew FischerLawrence Kinlin School of Business, Fanshawe CollegeMGMT 1196-02-OL:Mentorship FoundationsProfessor Connie PalmerOctober 29, 2021
2Intercultural Awareness in the Workplace AssignmentPart AJapan is an island nation located in the northwest Pacific Ocean and the eleventh mostpopulous country in the world, with one of the most industrialized and densely populated citycentres. Japan is widely known and admired for its technologically advanced society and uniqueculture, dating back thousands of years. This report summarizes what a business traveler arrivingin December might expect to find upon arrival and covers the climate, holidays and currentevents, business etiquette and gift suggestions, as well as advice on what locations should bevisited while there.December is the start of winter in Japan, but the experience will be different dependingupon your exact location. Northern Japan encompasses high peaked mountains and is very coldand snowy in December, while in the southern areas of the country the climate is milder with thepotential for autumnal colours to still be seen. The major cities (Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Fukuoka)are all located in the south and average temperatures can range from 5 to 12 degrees Celsius withlittle chance of rain (Turner, 2021).Although Japan has no official national holidays in December, the country does stillcelebrate with a mix of traditional holidays such as the winter solstice (Dec. 20-23) and moremodern ones such as Christmas. The winter solstice, or Toji, is a time which symbolizes theharmony and balance of life forces; a favourite custom is to take a hot bath with a yuzu, a wintercitrus fruit known for its cleansing and healing properties (Lee, 2021). Christmas in Japan isanother interesting holiday due to the fact the country has very few Christians and none of thereligious aspects of the holiday have been brought over. Christmas in Japan focuses on gift-
3giving between couples and Christmas Eve is even considered a couples holiday, much likeValentines Day is in the West, with couples booking dinners at romantic restaurants (Joy, 2016).The two biggest events currently affecting the country are both political in nature,although largely unrelated – an election campaign is underway and questions over the future ofthe countries monarchy are being raised. The election campaign is largely being fought betweenthe Liberal Democratic Party who has ruled Japan for most of the modern era and theConstitutional Democratic Party, with both parties offering competing visions on issues likenuclear power, foreign relations, and economic growth strategies (Sugiyama, 2021). Separately,

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