Challenges of Interpersonal Communication Within the Japanese Culture

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Challenges of Interpersonal Communication within the Japanese Culture
One way of defining interpersonal communication is to compare it to other forms of communication. In so doing, one would examine how many people are involved, how physically close they are to one another, how many sensory channels are used, and the feedback provided. Interpersonal communication differs from other forms of communication in that there are few participants involved, the people who interact are in close physical proximity to each other, there are many sensory channels used, and feedback is immediate. An important point to note about the contextual definition is that it does not take into account the relationship between the people who are interacting with
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Although the emperor retains his throne as a symbol of national unity, power generally rests in networks of powerful politicians, bureaucrats, and business executives. The economy experienced a major slowdown starting in the 1990s following three decades of unprecedented growth, but Japan still remains a major economic power both in Asia and globally. In 2005, Japan began a two-year term as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council (De Mente, 2009).
“Masculine cultures focus on achievement, competitiveness, strength, and material success (West, R. & Turner, L., 2006).” Japanese culture follows the masculine dimension. What material possessions a person has and what a person has achieved hold the most value. “Business is strictly business, and everyone is expected to do whatever the boss wants of them” (M. Stonecipher, personal communication, Oct. 25, 2009). All workers are expected to stay until the boss leaves (personal communication, Oct. 25, 2009). “The Japanese live to work in essence and everything is about business” (Masculinity in Japan, 2008). “But both men and women place high importance on achievement, material success, and learn to be ambitious and competitive (Masculinity in Japan, 2008).” In the home, the man is to be respected. “Women and men have very different roles in society. For example, men are understood to be dominant and tough while women are generally softer and more emotional” (Masculinity in