InterCulturalMemoEhrentraut

InterCulturalMemoEhrentraut - TO: FROM: DATE: SUBJECT: Ms....

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TO: Ms. Galbo FROM: Mr. Ehrentraut DATE: April 3, 2006 SUBJECT: Intercultural Memo This is a general guideline for conducting business in Japan covering social customs, clothing restrictions, dining protocol, political, religious, economy, ethics and values. Doing Business Abroad in Japan Understanding social customs Reaction to strangers is reserved. Bowing is the more respectful greeting although shaking of hands is acceptable Bringing a gift is the honorable way to express appreciation for an invitation. Direct eye contact, pointing at and/or touching another person are considered rude. Shouting is the accepted way to gain a waiter’s attention and tipping is not only required but is not even an accepted practice. When is it rude to refuse an invitation? How do you refuse politely? It is almost always rude to refuse an invitation but if you need to. Refuse with a full explanation and not a short answer. Topics that may be discussed in a social setting as well as a business setting include family, praising your hosts hospitality and Japanese culture/art. One taboo subject however is World War
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