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Appropriate Ways to Express Respect in Japan

Learn appropriate and respectful ways to address Japanese colleagues and acquaintances, and explore how some traditional greetings are evolving.

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.