Learner: Gavin M. Blair
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The main difference is that Japanese business etiquette is more formal - especially so at a first meeting when the exchanging of the infamous Japanese business card is almost ritualistic.” It is important for foreign businesses to understand not only Japanese cultures and customs but also to understand the Japanese business culture. This includes how to politely and respectfully interact and conduct oneself in a formal Japanese business environment. This ranges from the order of greeting Japanese company associates, to proper seating of who sits where and who should sit down first, and to knowing how to properly handout and accept business cards amongst many other social details. All of which are important to help gain the trust and confidence of Japanese business partners. In the article 6 Lessons from Japanese Business Culture by Rocha, it said, “Many a businessman transplanted to the Land of the Rising Sun has come back with tales of culture shock and bewilderment. To us in the West, Japanese culture remains a mystery wrapped in an enigma. But beneath its perplexing surface lies an extremely productive and effective society, as evidenced by their economic muscle. Nonetheless, the Japanese are rigidly ceremonious when it comes to making deals. To the foreigner, or gaijin, as the locals call them, Japanese business customs