Japanese people are known for their unique working habits. Those are:

・For being strictly punctual.
・Shows respect by bowing.
・Japanese tend to seek harmony in decision making.

Many people have wondered what it is like to work in Japan.

Japan has its unique working culture and you will be confused if you do not have any knowledge in advance.

In this article, we will introduce some distinctive cultures in the Japanese business scene. From punctuality to the politeness, these features have derived from its own culture and tradition.

Some of them could make you feel weird if you are not used to the culture of Japan at all. However, by learning key points of Japanese business style, even if it seems to be rigid, you can find how the Business environment in Japan works and get hints of making success there.

◉ Japanese are particular about punctuality!

First and the most important point you should know is the necessity of strict punctuality.

Japanese people have been taught to arrive between 5-10 minutes earlier before their appointment from their childhood.

For them, being punctual is a way to showing their respect for others. In the contrast, you would be seen as rude if you make someone wait for you.

You might feel a little pressure until you get used to it.

If you are not a morning person, it might be better for you to not make any appointment in the early morning.

◉ Japanese are polite people!

Being polite and showing respect to others are important to make things going well in Japan. 

Bowing to other person is a famous behavior representing this culture.
You will see people bowing everywhere in Japan. Not only the business scene but also just when people just want to say “Hi”.

So, if someone bows to you, don’t be surprised, just response with another bow.

◉ Japanese Decision Making

Japanese people value being in harmony with others rather than outstanding individually.

Traditionally, Japanese people have worked in the group, therefore their decision making process usually start from finding the common opinion.

Hierarchy also should be remarked.
Because of the group society, the opinions of elders are respected.

Due to these two aspects, Japanese people tend to not express their opinion if it against the majority or elder’s one.

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