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Proper Protocol When Presenting Business Cards in Japan

Learn everything you need to know about exchanging business cards in Japan. Discover the do’s and don’ts of this ceremonial and extremely important tradition.

Business cards, called meishi, are very important in Japan, and the presentation is traditionally very ceremonial. At one time, people used both hands to give and receive cards. Nowadays, it’s more common to use one hand only. When presenting a card, make sure the words face the receiver. If your cards are written in kanji—Chinese characters—make sure they’re facing in the correct direction. Learn about the do's and don'ts of exchanging business cards in Japan.