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Mastering the Art of Greeting Others in Japan

Not sure what’s expected when you greet Japanese businesspeople? Learn the proper protocol when it comes to bowing and greeting others in Japan.

There’s no doubt that the Japanese bow is a nuanced and complex art form. For instance, the degree of the bow varies based on age, experience, and rank. Occasionally, the Japanese will add a handshake to their greeting. Many are unsure how to greet their Japanese counterparts and whether to bow, shake hands, or both. Learn what’s expected and appreciated when greeting businesspeople in Japan.