Japan and the United States are arguably among the most polar opposite cultures on the planet.
Historical, demographic and cultural differences all directly impact how people communicate, conduct business and build relationships.
Steeped in Tradition / Rituals
Homogeneous (98% Japanese)
Hierarchical / Feudal Origins
Strict Social Code
Focus on Harmony / Consensus
Low Risk Tolerance
Thrives on Predictability / Order
Constant Cultural Work in Progress
Focus on Individualism
Egalitarian / Democratic Origins
Loose and Various Social Codes
High Risk Tolerance
Thrives on "Thinking Outside the Box"
When these two cultures intersect, the potential for cultural misunderstandings is as large as the seas that separate them… and more costly than you might imagine.
The good news?
With some strategic preparation, you can lay the foundation for bridging these differences and for engaging in a successful and mutually rewarding relationship.
Allow us to help you build those bridges.
That’s what we do.
And we love doing it.