Differences Between The Japanese And The American Culture Essay

787 Words Jul 15th, 2015 4 Pages
Differences amongst the Japanese and the Americans are quite noticeable, especially when placed under Hofstede’s culture dimensions.
Power distance index: Japan’s power distance in higher than the American’s. Thus, explaining why the Japanese seemed quiet and hesitant, making Kelly (the boss) feel awkward.
Individualism versus collectivism: The American culture is described as individualistic, while the Japanese culture is described as collectivist. Thus, when Kelly asked the employees to do individual presentations, the Japanese were reluctant to commit themselves because they desired time to discuss it in a group.
Uncertainty avoidance: Japanese score higher than American’s in uncertainty avoidance. Thus, when Kelly asked them to present right off the bat, the Japanese were reluctant to commit because they were being asked to commit immediately, giving them very little time to prepare or assess the situation.
Masculinity versus femininity: Men and women are equal in the State, while in Japan (masculine culture) men tend to stand above women. This is exemplified when it is mentioned that the Japanese expected Kelly the new boss to be a man. In addition, during negotiation with a client, the client spoke to Kelly’s assistant instead of her, making Kelly feel confused.
Long-term versus short-term orientation: Japanese culture is long term oriented. The Japanese tend to have a stable long-term with their employer, while Americans change jobs quite often. This is also…

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