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April 06, 2006

Corporate Japan - Embracing English

Corporate workers in Japan are coming to terms with the fact that in this modern age of foreign takeovers, there is a good possibility that they may one day find themselves working with foreigners. This presents a challenge for many, as not only will they be required to have improved language skills, but they may also have to review the way they do business.

Tomoko Gondo, author of the book, "Kokusai Business Seiko no Shinjoshiki (The New Common Sense for Success in International Business), states that "Japanese people look at a business card and think, 'So that's his title.' Foreigners, however, will look more closely at your possessions -- the clothes, the watch -- before making any judgments," Gondo provides a list of suggested conversational topics and also those to be avoided.
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