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The Evolution of Japanese Business Practices

Explore how Japanese management practices, based on tradition and rooted in cultural values, are slowing changing due to a variety of factors, including a younger workforce.

In Japan, business practices are distinctly Japanese and have their roots in the local cultural values of tradition, patriarchy, respect for age, formality, cooperation, loyalty, and consensus-building. Corporate culture in Japan is complex, differing by the type of company, size, and industry. Based on long-established traditions, Japanese firms were largely patriarchal, and lifetime employment was the norm as few professionals changed employers. However, these management practices are gradually evolving—influenced by economic changes, global business practices, and younger Japanese employees. Explore business practices of local Japanese firms as well as Japanese offices of large multinational firms. Learn practical tips for interacting with Japanese colleagues and clients.