Negotiating the Grey Maze

A blog-toolkit of just-in-time fixes for working successfully in Japan

June 3, 2019

Observed behavior

Ever noticed that Japanese have a tendency in meetings to deftly avoid exploring matters in detail or come to decisions? Have you tried asking everyone to share their thoughts, but have been met with silence or hesitation? Then, at a future meeting, yo...

April 24, 2019

From a global perspective, Japanese can seem risk adverse. On the other hand, from their perspective, non-Japanese can seem too risk tolerant or even risk ignorant. Who's right is debatable and not always useful for getting the job done. The key challenge here is t...

March 10, 2019

Negotiating the Grey Maze         

 A toolkit of just-in-time fixes for working successfully in Japan

Bite-sized fixes 

This evolving, interactive toolkit is a resource for any non-Japanese who works with Japanese, either in Japan or virtually. Use it...

March 9, 2019

Observed behavior

 You're in a meeting with your team and you need to brainstorm for ideas or perhaps explore an issue. You put the question to the team, but get an underwhelming response. You keep trying, maybe get up and start writing on the whiteboard to jumpstart th...

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