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How to greet your Japanese colleagues?

18.10'13 - Jörg Nitzsche, Japan Interpreter

If you are visiting Japan for work, it would be good if you learn about the Japanese culture of greeting. Though most Japanese do not expect foreigners to know about their cultures and practices, you can impress your Japanese colleagues and prospective business clients by greeting them in their particular style.

In Japan, it is customary to greet each other by bowing. Depending on whom you are bowing to and what is your social status and rank in respect to that person, the bow can be just a small nod of the head or it can be a 90 degree bend at the waist.

Usually, when you meet someone on a higher rank or someone quite elder to you in age, you have to give a deeper, longer bow. Such a bow indicates respect. But when you are meeting a friend or a colleague, you can give a small head nod. It is casual and informal and is quite acceptable in the Japanese culture.

In addition to greeting, you must bow when you wish to say thank you to someone. Or, when you wish to ask for a favour or you want to apologize for something.

Greet your Japanese colleagues with a bow and they would be glad to know that you possess fair knowledge about their culture and business etiquettes.

For a better understanding of Japanese business culture, ethics, and etiquettes you can look for Japanese language interpreter or Japanese language translator. He would familiarize you with the general, as well as business etiquettes in Japan so that you can do business in Japan comfortably and effectively.


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