Although the company I work for is quite "old-school Japanese" I have found that actually the
Japanese employees that are sent here are carefully selected for those who have more of an
international outlook. Also, it's certainly not a demotion or sign of poor performance to be sent here.
It's actually generally a track to upper management upon returning home to Japan.
This all rings true to me as well. However, it may depend on the company but I'm rather sure most
Japanese dispatched here are often the high-achievers. I know for example one engineer sent to a
certain car company's plant specifically due to his high skill level as they needed him to improve their
One European commenter stated a preference for working with Japanese companies over
As an european, from my personal experience, working with Americans is way more problematic
then Japenese. I mostly agree but indeed, there are some generalizations which don't always apply.
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