BUSI604: International Business
Global Cultural Analysis: Japan
June 24, 2013
This paper provided an opportunity to take a deeper look into the country of Japan by conducting a Global Cultural Analysis. Throughout this paper the following four research areas were explored: 1.What is the major elements and dimensions of culture in Japan? 2. How are these elements and dimensions integrated by locals conducting business in Japan? 3. How does U.S. culture and business compare with the elements and dimensions of culture integrated by the locals conducting business in Japan? 4. What are the implications for U.S. businesses that wish to conduct business with Japan?
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Communication How to communicate effectively is one of the most important elements in understanding culture. Words, phrases, verbal and nonverbal are all forms of communication that can vary from city to city as well as country to country. There are phrases you can use in the United States in the South that mean something totally different than in the North. One example that comes to mind is, how in the North a soda is referred to as a ‘pop’ and in the South it is referred to as a ‘drank’. Well, this principle holds true with communicating with other countries like Japan as well. “HISTORICALLY SPEAKING, the word “communication,” much less “corporate communication,” in the Western sense, did not exist in Japan until 30 to 40 years ago. It appeared when we started to establish public relations or public affairs divisions in both the public and private sectors” (Kobayashi, 1997, para.1). Japanese perform extensive research to obtain ample amounts of background information to understand and communicate effectively with fewer words. It is imperative to be mindful as well as respectful of these customs when conducting business abroad. Japan relies heavily on the ability to communicate by interpreting other people thoughts without using verbal words. “Japanese communication relies less on verbal manipulation, and more heavily on non-verbals. Words are important but so are body language, gestures, tone of voice, facial