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The Structure of Traditional Japanese Companies

In Japan, companies usually have a clearly defined structure and hierarchical system. Understand the concepts of amae, senpai-kohai, and oyabun-kabun.

Japanese firms typically follow a clearly defined structure and hierarchy. Roles and responsibilities are assigned based on rank. The most senior executive is the chairman, called a kaichoo, followed by the president, or shachoo. Learn more about the structure of traditional Japanese companies and the expectations of junior employees. Explore the key cultural concepts of amae, which means dependence; senpai-kohai, which refers to senior-junior relationships; and oyabun-kabun, which indicates the master-apprentice relationship in business.