Analysis of Japanese Business Culture Essay

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Analysis of Japanese Business Culture

Along with recent globalization, the business market is now diffused
everywhere in the world. Consequently, mega-competition and
international co-operation are promoted simultaneously in the field of
business. Under this circumstance, learning and understanding the
business culture each country has is important to succeed in global
business. As business culture is indivisible from a country’s cultural
uniqueness, American-style business is formed in the United States,
and British-style business is adopted in England. Equally, Japan has
developed its own unique business culture which has been practiced for
a long time. This essay will analyze the characteristic Japanese
business culture
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If this were an entirely
Japanese set-up, all that the manager would have do when he wants to
step out of the office for a while is to say "Yoroshiku"* and the
members of his staff would keep on working without him. There is no
need for any written instructions. However, in our Washington office,
only the manager is Japanese and all other staff members are
Americans. Therefore, the phrase "Yoroshiku" doesn’t mean anything to
them. The manager cannot leave the office until he prepares job
instructions for each member.” (Iwata, 1982: 24)

Lastly, "Familiarity Relationship," a typical Japanese-style
family-like relationship, is also brought into the world of business
(Iwata, 1982). Although most people would think that the whole network
of relations on businesses should be dry and detached, the concept of
familiarity greatly affects the style of doing business in Japan. In
American and European companies, it is generally recognized that
business is conducted on the basis of cool calculations supported by
careful and rational analysis. In Japan, the start of business is
often marked by the establishment of the familiarity relationship. For
instance, in order to shift from a totally unknown relationship to a
familiar relationship, most Japanese salesman tend to have many short
visits with an exchange of only few words, without talking about their
products and services. It is important for Japanese businessmen to…