Chapter 6

Succeeding as a Foreign Manager in a Japanese Firm

Managing in a Japanese firm can be very challenging for non-Japanese. Even today, while Japanese business practices are changing, tradition and Japan’s unique culture play a major role when working in Japan. The complex Japanese language and traditional business practices, such as seniority principles, present hurdles to Western managers in Japan. Project management and strategic goal development also greatly differ from the West, and non-Japanese managers working in Japan are urged to adapt their managing style and attitudes. This chapter explores the most popular Japanese business practices. Upon completion of this chapter, you should be able to understand the following:

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