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Communicating in Japan's High-Context Culture

In Japan, a high-context culture, communications can be quite complex. Learn how the concepts of tatamae and honne impact business interactions.

Japan is a high-context culture, meaning that people tend to be less direct and explicit in their communications. They often use physical cues and require communication partners to decode their intent. Consequently, communication in Japan is highly complex, and words may convey several meanings. Learn how the concepts of tatamae ("official position") and honne ("real truth") impact communications in Japan and the cultural preference for maintaining harmony. The Japanese prefer indirect and reserved styles of communications where body language conveys intent more than words—which, of course, impacts business interactions. Find out how.