Intercultural Training Japan

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Achieving business success through developing a better understanding of your Japanese business partners by taking part in our Intercultural Training Japan.

CultureWaves is looking forward to advising you.

Extend your knowledge and promote your business relations with Japanese partners through our Intercultural Training Japan.

Japan consists of more than 6000 islands and represents the third largest economy of the world. The country is located in the south east of Asia and commands an economic structure which is export-oriented and highly developed in technology. In worldwide comparison, its gross domestic product comes second as Japan is leading in the fields of research, development and production of engineering and car manufacturing, shipbuilding as well as in the industries of electronics and chemistry.

CultureWaves offers background know-how and practice-oriented recommendations for working with Japanese business partners to you and your employees.

We are looking forward to advising you and to tailoring the Intercultural Training Japan to your specific needs!

You can reach us via phone +49 (0)2227 908 6252 and email Or just use our contact form.

What you can expect from our Intercultural Training Japan

By completing the training participants will:

  • sharpen their perception and develop a broader understanding of different perspectives
  • understand the impact of cultural values on people’s behaviour, communication and work style
  • gain a better understanding of Japanese society and traditions as well as their impact on work life
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  • anticipate what behaviour may irritate Japanese business partners and gain a deeper understanding of their reactions
  • be able to adapt to Japanese business life more effectively and interact with Japanese business partners successfully
  • understand which competencies are important to operate with intercultural sensitivity
  • know helpful strategies to communicate successfully with Japanese business partners

We are looking forward to advising you and to tailoring the Intercultural Training Japan to your specific needs!

You can reach us via phone +49 (0)2227 908 6252 and email Or just use our contact form.

Intercultural Training Japan – possible content

Understanding Japan
Self-perception and perception by others

  • historical, geopolitical, societal and economic features and their impact on Japanese business mentality
  • cultural change – Japan nowadays
  • learning about the Japanese way of thinking and behavioural patterns
  • perception of own cultural values, attitudes and norms and reconsideration of stereotypes and prejudices

Communication with Japanese business partners

  • to meet Japanese people: welcome, introduction, non-verbal communication
  • in-directness and ambiguity
  • meeting oral and written agreements with Japanese people
  • appreciated behaviour in personal  virtual and face-to-face meetings with Japanese people

Meetings, team- and project work

  • business/corporate climate and business methods in Japan
  • the concept of harmony
  • working in a person- and status-oriented business culture
  • the particular importance of networks and relationships
  • understanding of time and appointments
  • competition and marketing in Japan
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  • decision-making processes in hierarchical structures
  • principles for the collaboration with Japanese people
  • dealing with those responsible and line managers
  • ‘SEKININ’ – responsibility and sense of duty
  • social competencies – leading a Japanese team successfully
  • women in Japanese society

How to behave in challenging situations and in case of conflicts

  • building trust with Japanese business partners
  • perception of hierarchy – Avoiding insults and misunderstandings
  • consensus and understanding of conflicts
  • face-saving of your business partners and your own
  • expressing rejection/refusal or displeasure

Presenting and negotiating in Japan

  • know-how transfer
  • interpreting the reaction of your Japanese audience: gestures and facial expressions
  • the influence of Confucianism on Japanese’ behaviour
  • communication strategies of your Japanese negotiation partners
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Business trips – tips and recommendations

  • meeting Japanese people – manners and customs
  • customs and preferred behaviour during business lunches
  • relationship building – going out for dinner after work with your Japanese colleagues

Summary of key learnings

Wrap-up and practical recommendations for working with Japanese colleagues and business partners.

Do you have specific needs?

Depending on your current needs and business-specific challenges, CultureWaves can tailor your Intercultural Japan Training.

Intercultural Training Japan – How, where and for whom?

  • customized to target group and main topics
  • for employees of all levels, professionals and leaders
  • individual or group training
  • face-to-face or virtual
  • on-sit or off-site

We are looking forward to advising you and to tailoring the Intercultural Training Japan to your specific needs!

You can reach us via phone +49 (0)2227 908 6252 or email Or just use our contact form.

Intercultural training Japan – methodical approach

CultureWaves offers behaviour-oriented training which is characterized by focussing on the participants’ needs, interactive approaches and practical relevance.

Our approach comprises background information to better understand business mentalities, interactive group exercises, and up-to-date videos and graphics. Participants are given an opportunity to work on case studies, participate in group discussions, and reflect on what they have heard. In addition, we provide you with practice-oriented recommendations designed to help your business success.

If you are interested please feel free to contact us!

We are looking forward to write an offer for you or to answer any remaining questions.

You can reach us via phone +49 (0)2227 908 6252 or email Or just use our contact form.

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About CultureWaves

Since 1999, CultureWaves has helped companies to manage important business relationships, as they open up and develop new in their international business as well as in processes of change and going international.

Our team of more than 120 experts offers consulting, coaching, training, workshops, key-note speeches and process support for international businesses and their employees worldwide.

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