Japan Forms of Address
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Appropriate Ways to Express Respect in Japan
In addition to bowing, the Japanese express respect by adding the suffix san to the end of another person's family name. This is similar to the English use of the titles Mr. and Mrs. Take care never to use san with your own name! The use of first names in Japanese business interactions is much less common than in many other countries. Learn more about ways to greet and address colleagues—and how some of these traditional forms of greetings are currently evolving.