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Business Success Japan

By Lydia Beukelman
This podcast is made for those who want to develop or strengthen the communication skills, cultural savvy, insights into current trends and conditions, and mindsets essential in a Japanese business environment. The helpful, practical suggestions and engaging insights offered here listeners with the in-depth cultural context to achieve their own version of success while collaborating with Japanese counterparts.

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Surviving the Salaryman Lifestyle in Japan with Michael Howard Thuresson

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Surviving the Salaryman Lifestyle in Japan with Michael Howard Thuresson

Business Success Japan

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On Professional Success and Establishing Boundaries in Japan with Rosa Aldridge
Rosa Aldridge is an American who has had her entire professional career in Japan, and she is passionate about creating sustainable culture practices while promoting Japanese hospitality to the world. She is currently working in an environment that deals with event planning and promoting international understanding, and she has successfully navigated job searching in Japan and has held a variety of positions through various companies and institutions in Japan. Some topics discussed in today's conversation include how to effectively find (the right) jobs in Japan, taking advantage of unique opportunities through positioning yourself as a cultural bridge, and how to best navigate the resources available if you find yourself in a workplace that isn't for you. Today's Language:  (ぎゃく)きゅうじん (gya-ku) kyu-u-ji-n meaning: (reverse) recruiting, job offer kanji: (逆)求人 Rosa's Links:  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rosa-aldridge/ 逆求人 website: https://www.careertrek.com/ Related Episodes:  Communicating Your Value in the Japanese Job Market with Sam Thornton: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/Communicating-Your-Value-in-the-Japanese-Job-Market-with-Sam-Thornton-ervoi9 Learning the Dance of Effective Cross-Cultural Communication in Japan with Kevin Crowell: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/Learning-the-Dance-of-Effective-Cross-Cultural-Communication-in-Japan-with-Kevin-Crowell-e153r78 Surviving the Salaryman Lifestyle in Japan with Michael Howard Thuresson: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/Surviving-the-Salaryman-Lifestyle-in-Japan-with-Michael-Howard-Thuresson-esfn4d Want to support the podcast? Check the podcast's ko-fi page to help keep me well-caffeinated and making content: https://ko-fi.com/businesssuccessjapan Be sure to follow or subscribe for more Japanese language and cultural insights. And if you enjoy the podcast, please leave a review so that other people can find it as well. And of course, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes, please email me at businesssuccessjapan@gmail.com. I'd love to hear from you! Leave me a voice message here: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/message
49:44
November 28, 2021
Tackling Law, Entrepreneurship, and a Purposeful Life in Japan with Catherine O'Connell
Catherine O’Connell is a bilingual, in house legal counsel-experienced lawyer operating a boutique law firm in Tokyo. She is a lawyerpreneur who provides legal counsel solutions for a wide range of clients, big and small. She also hosts her own podcast, "Lawyer on Air," has a wide range of experiences, certifications, and awards in and outside of Japan. Just a few of the topics discussed in today’s conversation include some big-picture differences between law in Japan versus many western countries, what it takes to start a business and find success as an entrepreneur in Japan, as well as why it’s so important to cultivate curiosity and how to maintain it no matter how long you stay. Today's Language:  べんごし be-n-go-shi meaning: lawyer, attorney kanji: 弁護士 Catherine's Links:  Website: https://www.catherineoconnelllaw.com/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/oconnellcatherine/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/catherineoconnelllaw/ Twitter: @oconnelllawyer Instagram: @lawyeronair Related Episodes:  Learning the Dance of Effective Cross-Cultural Communication in Japan with Kevin Crowell: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/Learning-the-Dance-of-Effective-Cross-Cultural-Communication-in-Japan-with-Kevin-Crowell-e153r78 The Power of Self-Reflection, Storytelling, and Finding Authentic Balance in Japan with Tim Sullivan: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/The-Power-of-Self-Reflection--Storytelling--and-Finding-Authentic-Balance-in-Japan-with-Tim-Sullivan-eul6jr Building Lasting Relationships Amidst the Covid-19 Digital Transformation in Japan with Will Jasprizza: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/Building-Lasting-Relationships-Amidst-the-Covid-19-Digital-Transformation-in-Japan-with-Will-Jasprizza-e12dldf Want to support the podcast? Check the podcast's ko-fi page to help keep me well-caffeinated: https://ko-fi.com/businesssuccessjapan Be sure to follow or subscribe for more Japanese language and cultural insights. And if you enjoy the podcast, please leave a review so that other people can find it as well. And of course, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes, please email me at businesssuccessjapan@gmail.com. I'd love to hear from you! Leave me a voice message here: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/message
59:03
November 15, 2021
Japan's Six Megatrends and Why They Matter with Richard Katz
Today's guest Richard Katz has worked for decades as a journalist working on the Japanese economy, and he has written two books on Japan: "The System That Soured" and "Japanese Phoenix." He is now working on a third, about how to nurture a new generation of high-growth, innovative small and medium enterprises in Japan. He has published various op-eds and essays in publications such as "Foreign Affairs," The "Financial Times," Toyo Keizai, and the "Wall Street Journal Asia." A few of the topics covered in today's conversation include the dormant entrepreneurship in Japan, the broken promises made to working women, and why structural issues around finance in Japan may be one of its greatest hindrances to growth. Today's Japanese:  しかたがない shi-ka-ta ga na-i Meaning: “there’s nothing that can be done,” “there’s no use,”  “it can’t be helped” Richard's Links:  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/richard-katz-937308204/ Blog: https://richardkatz.substack.com/welcome Entrepreneurial Revival In Japan: A False Spring or Real Opportunity? (UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Xo1LYV860g Related Episodes:  Exploring and Thriving in the Changing World of Startups in Japan with Fuminori Gunji:  Evolving Trends in Japanese Subsidiary Companies and the Lasting Power of Monozukuri with Francis Pacheco: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/Evolving-Trends-in-Japanese-Subsidiary-Companies-and-the-Lasting-Power-of-Monozukuri-with-Francis-Pacheco-e14ne9c Finding Success in Japanese Universities, Startups, and Beyond with Austin Zeng: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/Finding-Success-in-Japanese-Universities--Startups--and-Beyond-with-Austin-Zeng-e1687sh Further Reading:  Why Nobody Invests in Japan: https://www.foreignaffairs.com/guest-pass/redeem/5gAlISIPRr8 Old corporate champions can’t save Japan: https://www.eastasiaforum.org/2021/05/30/old-corporate-champions-cant-save-japan/ Japan’s Looming Climate Showdown: https://www.foreignaffairs.com/guest-pass/redeem/rdp-a4Eil74 An Election Mandate For Growth and Redistribution: https://toyokeizai.net/articles/-/464660 Want to support the podcast? Check the podcast's ko-fi page to help keep me well-caffeinated: https://ko-fi.com/businesssuccessjapan Be sure to follow or subscribe for more Japanese language and cultural insights. And if you enjoy the podcast, please leave a review so that other people can find it as well. And of course, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes, please email me at businesssuccessjapan@gmail.com. I'd love to hear from you! Leave me a voice message here: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/message
01:00:59
November 1, 2021
Mastering Powerpoints, Communication, and Yourself in Japan with Colin Savage
In today's episode, I'm chatting with Colin Savage. Colin is a globally-minded, locally-focused leader with over 20 years' experience with Japan, including eight years in-country. He specializes in business development, communications and marketing, digital development, leadership, research, and strategy. Some topics covered in today's conversation include the proper use and function of powerpoint presentations in a Japanese context, dealing with the phenomenon of not being heard when speaking Japanese as a foreigner, and ways to reconsider and cope with bureaucracy in Japan. Today's Japanese: ことわざ ko-to-wa-za kanji: 諺 meaning: proverb, a saying Colin's Links:  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/colinjsavage/ His book, 金沢弁の本 - The Dialect of Kanazawa: https://www.lulu.com/search?adult_audience_rating=00&contributor=Colin+James+B+Savage&page=1&pageSize=10 (article about the book: https://kanazawa.keizai.biz/headline/767/) Related Episodes:  Learning the Dance of Effective Cross-Cultural Communication in Japan with Kevin Crowell: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/Learning-the-Dance-of-Effective-Cross-Cultural-Communication-in-Japan-with-Kevin-Crowell-e153r78 The Power of Self-Reflection, Storytelling, and Finding Authentic Balance in Japan with Tim Sullivan: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/The-Power-of-Self-Reflection--Storytelling--and-Finding-Authentic-Balance-in-Japan-with-Tim-Sullivan-eul6jr On Being an Effective Communicator in Japan with Anthony Griffin: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/On-Being-an-Effective-Communicator-in-Japan-with-Anthony-Griffin-el1v9m Want to support the podcast? Check the podcast's ko-fi page to help keep me well-caffeinated: https://ko-fi.com/businesssuccessjapan Be sure to follow or subscribe for more Japanese language and cultural insights. And if you enjoy the podcast, please leave a review so that other people can find it as well. And of course, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes, please email me at businesssuccessjapan@gmail.com. I'd love to hear from you! Leave me a voice message here: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/message
01:03:28
October 18, 2021
Exploring and Thriving in the Changing World of Startups in Japan with Fuminori Gunji
In today's episode, I'm chatting with Fuminori Gunji, CEO of TokyoMate. Fuminori Gunji was a founding team member of Softbank Robotics from 2013 to 2016, leading Softbank's domestic B2B businesses and overseas expansion efforts. In 2017, Fuminori Gunji headed business development for MakeLeaps. By the end of 2018, Gunji had successfully closed MakeLeaps’ M&A deal with Ricoh and went on to lead MakeLeaps in 2019 as COO. In June of 2021, Fuminori Gunji accepted the role of chief executive officer of TokyoMate, a Tokyo-based Office-as-a-Service startup providing virtual bilingual assistants, virtual mailboxes, virtual office addresses, and virtual bilingual receptionists--with the mission of “making it easier to live, work, and do business in Japan.” Topics we cover today include the shifting views of startups in Japan, structural issues that have held back innovation in Japan (and what may be changing), as well as how a few simple perspective changes can make you a more effective communicator in Japan. Today's Japanese:  かおがひろい ka-o ga hi-ro-i 顔が広い Meaning: well-known, having diverse set of connections, well-connected Fuminori's Links:  TokyoMate Blog: https://tokyomate.jp/blog TokyoMate Website: https://tokyomate.jp/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/fuminori-gunji-38a22589/ Related Episodes:  Finding Success in Japanese Universities, Startups, and Beyond with Austin Zeng: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/Finding-Success-in-Japanese-Universities--Startups--and-Beyond-with-Austin-Zeng-e1687sh Why You Should Found Your Startup in Kobe with Masanori Nagamine: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/Why-You-Should-Found-Your-Startup-in-Kobe-with-Masanori-Nagamine-eotr5u How to Make it Big in Japan: Navigating Culture, Burnout, and Entrepreneurship with Misha Yurchenko: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/How-to-Make-it-Big-in-Japan-Navigating-Culture--Burnout--and-Entrepreneurship-with-Misha-Yurchenko-et1045 Additional Reading: https://tokyomate.jp/blog/guide-to-japans-startup-ecosystem Japan as 196th (article by Richard Katz): https://toyokeizai.net/articles/-/445356 Want to support the podcast? Check the podcast's ko-fi page to help keep me well-caffeinated: https://ko-fi.com/businesssuccessjapan Be sure to follow or subscribe for more Japanese language and cultural insights. And if you enjoy the podcast, please leave a review so that other people can find it as well. And of course, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes, please email me at businesssuccessjapan@gmail.com. I'd love to hear from you! Leave me a voice message here: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/message
55:14
October 4, 2021
Why You Need a Global Mindset to Succeed in Japan with Rie Eichmann
In today's episode, I'm chatting with Rie Eichmann, a global skills and mindset coach, intercultural trainer and consultant who is passionate about teaching “a global mindset” to professionals and the next generation to give them the confidence and skills for success in an increasingly-globalized world. While Rie is a native of Japan, she is currently based in Brisbane, Australia, and has years of experience living and working abroad in the UK, Taiwan, Thailand, and the United States. Some topics we discover in today's conversation include developing open-mindedness as a skill, the importance of understanding how humor works in your target culture and language, and why it's essential to cultivate a mindset that supports your language learning. Today's Japanese:  うちそと u-chi so-to kanji: 内外 meaning: inside/outside, "in-group/out-group" Rie's Links:  Website: http://www.culturaltrainingconsultancy.com/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rieeichmann/ Instagram: @rie.eich Twitter: @EichmannRie Clubhouse: @rie.eich Bio Link (Japanese): https://www.globaliseyourself.com/rie-eichmann Podcast: https://anchor.fm/rie-eichmann Related Episodes:  The Power of Self-Reflection, Storytelling, and Finding Authentic Balance in Japan with Tim Sullivan: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/The-Power-of-Self-Reflection--Storytelling--and-Finding-Authentic-Balance-in-Japan-with-Tim-Sullivan-eul6jr Preventing Cross-Cultural Miscommunication and Leadership as Parenting with Chie Schuller: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/Preventing-Cross-Cultural-Miscommunication-and-Leadership-as-Parenting-with-Chie-Schuller-eq9l8r Learning the Dance of Effective Cross-Cultural Communication in Japan with Kevin Crowell: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/Learning-the-Dance-of-Effective-Cross-Cultural-Communication-in-Japan-with-Kevin-Crowell-e153r78 Want to support the podcast? Check the podcast's ko-fi page to help keep me well-caffeinated: https://ko-fi.com/businesssuccessjapan Be sure to follow or subscribe for more Japanese language and cultural insights. And if you enjoy the podcast, please leave a review so that other people can find it as well. And of course, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes, please email me at businesssuccessjapan@gmail.com. I'd love to hear from you! Leave me a voice message here: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/message
50:18
September 20, 2021
Finding Success in Japanese Universities, Startups, and Beyond with Austin Zeng
In today's episode, I’m sharing a conversation with Austin Zeng, a native of Singapore who first came to Japan on the MEXT scholarship, and is now actively involved in the startup space there. He’s a developer, translator and interpreter, blogger, and even participates in a Japanese think tank. Some topics covered in today's episode include the ways in which the Japanese government is trying (and in some ways failing) to support foreign students who want to work in Japan, the common pitfalls that foreign students face in Japan, as well as thoughts on balancing integration with maintaining the unique value foreign workers have to offer the country. Today's Japanese: term: とくてい ぎのう(ビザ) to-ku-te-i gi-no-u (bi-za) kanji: 特定 技能(ビザ) meaning: special/designated skill (visa) Austin's Links:  Blog: https://austin-zeng.com/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/austin-zeng-120a4563/ MEXT Scholars Association official website: https://mextsa.org/ MEXT Scholars Association Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mextscholars Related Episodes:  How to Make it Big in Japan: Navigating Culture, Burnout, and Entrepreneurship with Misha Yurchenko: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/How-to-Make-it-Big-in-Japan-Navigating-Culture--Burnout--and-Entrepreneurship-with-Misha-Yurchenko-et1045 Communicating Your Value in the Japanese Job Market with Sam Thornton: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/Communicating-Your-Value-in-the-Japanese-Job-Market-with-Sam-Thornton-ervoi9 Obstacles, Trends, and Ideas for Addressing the Japanese Talent Shortage with Alan Acosta: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/Obstacles--Trends--and-Ideas-for-Addressing-the-Japanese-Talent-Shortage-with-Alan-Acosta-es7iep Additional MEXT Scholarship Information: https://www.transenzjapan.com/blog/ Want to support the podcast? Check the podcast's ko-fi page to help keep me well-caffeinated: https://ko-fi.com/businesssuccessjapan Be sure to follow or subscribe for more Japanese language and cultural insights. And if you enjoy the podcast, please leave a review so that other people can find it as well. And of course, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes, please email me at businesssuccessjapan@gmail.com. I'd love to hear from you! Leave me a voice message here: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/message
46:52
September 6, 2021
Learning the Dance of Effective Cross-Cultural Communication in Japan with Kevin Crowell
In today's episode, I’m sharing a conversation with Kevin Crowell. He is president of Asia Business Group, a company that he started nearly thirty years ago, and is the Chief Cross-Cultural Outreach Officer of the organization Pacific Tango group.  Kevin has decades of experience working in Japan and with Japanese people and companies, so be sure to listen in to learn more about his background and what he’s learned from his wide-ranging experiences with Japan. Some topics he discusses in this episode include the impact of the rotating management system in Japanese companies on their subsidiaries, how the cultural view of quality commonly causes issues for businesses moving in and out of Japan, and the hidden power of using hobbies to connect and network with Japanese people. Japanese Word:  しゅみ shu-mi kanji: 趣味 meaning: hobby Kevin's Links: Company: www.AsiaBizGroup.com Pacific Tango Group:  www.PacificTangoGroup.com LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kevincrowell/ Hobby Page: www.UKULELEjapan.com Related Episodes:  Anil Raj on Entrepreneurship and Mentorship in Japan: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/Anil-Raj-on-Entrepreneurship-and-Mentorship-in-Japan-egfc87 Managing Professional Relationships and Gaijin-Cards in Japan with Mac Salman: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/Managing-Professional-Relationships-and-Gaijin-Cards-in-Japan-with-Mac-Salman-eh93ek Faye-Sensei on Culture Shock and the Power of Open-Mindedness: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/Faye-Sensei-on-Culture-Shock-and-the-Power-of-Open-Mindedness-ees6v8 Want to support the podcast? Check the podcast's ko-fi page to help keep me well-caffeinated: https://ko-fi.com/businesssuccessjapan Be sure to follow or subscribe for more Japanese language and cultural insights. And if you enjoy the podcast, please leave a review so that other people can find it as well. And of course, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes, please email me at businesssuccessjapan@gmail.com. I'd love to hear from you! Leave me a voice message here: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/message
58:52
August 23, 2021
Evolving Trends in Japanese Subsidiary Companies and the Lasting Power of Monozukuri with Francis Pacheco
In today's episode, I get to share a conversation with Francis Pacheco, a native of the Philippines. His work with the agency GMI POST has involved creating and publishing investment guides for Foreign Affairs Magazine of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City and The Japan Times, which is Japan's oldest and largest English language daily newspaper. Today, he shares the importance of the concept of monzukuri in Japanese niche manufacturing today, the growing role that universities in the US have already begun to play in Japanese innovation, and the growing significance of native-run Japanese subsidiary companies in their host countries and beyond. Today's Japanese:  ものづくり mo-no-zu-ku-ri kanji: 物作り meaning: manufacturing, craftsmanship Francis' links: Company: https://www.gmipost.com/ LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/francispacheco/ Book Recommendation: Bending Adversity: Japan and the Art of Survival: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18114295-bending-adversity?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=7VZ4wyYEQL&rank=1 Related Episodes:  Obstacles, Trends, and Ideas for Addressing the Japanese Talent Shortage with Alan Acosta: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/Obstacles--Trends--and-Ideas-for-Addressing-the-Japanese-Talent-Shortage-with-Alan-Acosta-es7iep Opportunities for Disruption and Collaboration in Japan and Germany with Johannes Budkiewitz: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/Opportunities-for-Disruption-and-Collaboration-in-Japan-and-Germany-with-Johannes-Budkiewitz-empsit On Refugees, Diversity, and Revitalization: Making Room for Growth in a Shrinking Country with Seira Yun: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/On-Refugees--Diversity--and-Revitalization-Making-Room-for-Growth-in-a-Shrinking-Country-with-Seira-Yun-eqnlor Want to support the podcast? Check the podcast's ko-fi page to help me stay well-caffeinated enough to keep the content flowing: https://ko-fi.com/businesssuccessjapan Be sure to follow or subscribe for more Japanese language and cultural insights. And if you enjoy the podcast, please leave a review so that other people can find it as well. And of course, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes, please email me at businesssuccessjapan@gmail.com. I'd love to hear from you! Leave me a voice message here: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/message
48:15
August 9, 2021
Entrepreneurship and Content Creation as a Digital Nomad in Japan with Cindy Bissig
In today's episode, I chat with Cindy Bissig of Obsessed with Japan and the new YouTube channel, Let’s Travel and Eat. Cindy is an experienced content creator who has more than 15 years of experience in hospitality. The focus of her work lies in travel, events, food and beverage, and she is also a professional sake sommelier. Today, she will also share some of her experiences as a digital nomad in Japan, so be sure to listen in to hear more about what that looks like in Japan. Today's Language: めがたかい me ga ta-ka-i 目が高い Meaning: good taste, a discerning eye Example Usage: お目が高いですね Meaning: "You have good taste." "You have a discerning eye." Cindy's Links:  LinkedIn:https://www.linkedin.com/in/cindy-bissig/ Obsessed with Japan: https://obsessedwithjapan.com/ https://www.facebook.com/obsessedwithjapan/ https://www.instagram.com/obsessedwithjapan/?hl=en Let's Travel and Eat: https://www.youtube.com/c/LetsTravelandEat https://www.facebook.com/letstraveland https://www.instagram.com/lets.travel.and.eat/ Sake Nomad: https://www.sakenomad.com/ https://www.instagram.com/sakenomad/ Related Episodes: Tourism and Covid-19: Effects and Opportunities in Japan with Bonson Lam: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/Tourism-and-Covid-19-Effects-and-Opportunities-in-Japan-with-Bonson-Lam-ehut7k Anil Raj on Entrepreneurship and Mentorship in Japan: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/Anil-Raj-on-Entrepreneurship-and-Mentorship-in-Japan-egfc87 Sébastien on Omotenashi and Special Diets in Japan: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/Sbastien-on-Omotenashi-and-Special-Diets-in-Japan-ef8coh Additional Links:  Jetro: https://www.jetro.go.jp/en/ TOSBEC: https://www.startup-support.metro.tokyo.lg.jp/onestop/en/ Venture Cafe: https://venturecafetokyo.org/ Want to support the podcast? Check the podcast's ko-fi page to help keep me well-caffeinated and the episodes flowing: https://ko-fi.com/businesssuccessjapan Be sure to follow or subscribe for more Japanese language and cultural insights. And if you enjoy the podcast, please leave a review so that other people can find it as well. And of course, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes, please email me at businesssuccessjapan@gmail.com. I'd love to hear from you! Leave me a voice message here: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/message
42:09
July 26, 2021
Building Lasting Relationships Amidst the Covid-19 Digital Transformation in Japan with Will Jasprizza
In today's episode, I’m chatting with Will Jasprizza, the managing director of Japan at the international business development consultancy, Intralink. Although born in Australia and educated as a lawyer, Will found himself starting a new life teaching English in Japan that eventually brought him to his current role, where he and his team works to make the expansion of foreign companies into Japan fast, easy, and cost effective. During the episode, Will discusses the importance of prioritizing positioning yourself as a reliable partner early in business relationships with Japanese companies, how business development has changed in Japan in recent years, and important changes in Japanese business practices that COVID has accelerated by years. Language:  はんこ ha-n-ko Meaning: a stamp used as a personal seal in place of a signature, commonly used for paperwork and within Japanese companies Will's Links:  Company: www.intralinkgroup.com GenkiEnglish (former company): https://genkienglish.net/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/will-jasprizza-4452972/ Related Episodes: Tourism and Covid-19: Effects and Opportunities in Japan with Bonson Lam: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/Tourism-and-Covid-19-Effects-and-Opportunities-in-Japan-with-Bonson-Lam-ehut7k How to Make it Big in Japan: Navigating Culture, Burnout, and Entrepreneurship with Misha Yurchenko: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/How-to-Make-it-Big-in-Japan-Navigating-Culture--Burnout--and-Entrepreneurship-with-Misha-Yurchenko-et1045 Covid-19's Influence on Travel and Finding Your Place Professionally in Japan with Maya Matsuoka: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/Covid-19s-Influence-on-Travel-and-Finding-Your-Place-Professionally-in-Japan-with-Maya-Matsuoka-ere7kv Additional Links:  Contact page: https://www.intralinkgroup.com/en-GB/Contact-Us Client for 10+ years: https://www.goodfellow.com (CEO Stephen Aldersley) Eight (“Japanese LinkedIn”): https://8card.net/ Sansan (parent company of Eight): https://www.sansan.com Starbucks joint venture: https://www.starbucks.co.jp/en/company.html Japan digitizes signing procedures: https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Markets/Japan-investors-swoop-for-digital-hanko-stocks Want to support the podcast? Check the podcast's ko-fi page to help keep me well-caffeinated: https://ko-fi.com/businesssuccessjapan Be sure to follow or subscribe for more Japanese language and cultural insights. And if you enjoy the podcast, please leave a review so that other people can find it as well. And of course, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes, please email me at businesssuccessjapan@gmail.com. I'd love to hear from you! Leave me a voice message here: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/message
42:06
July 12, 2021
Gained in Translation: Interpreting Design in Japan and Beyond with David Tonge
In today’s episode, I’m chatting with David Tonge, a designer and owner of the London-based design studio The Division, who has worked extensively in Asia and in particular has a long relationship with Japan. David has 30 years experience as Designer, Director and Advisor to some of the worlds most successful brands. He’s also a Visiting Professor at Kanazawa Art University in Japan. Topics that we discuss today include his experiences as an industrial designer in Japan and with Japanese companies abroad, the importance of patience in finding success in Japan, what it means to "interpret" culture in design, and why the pace of decision-making itself may affect whether your project even gets off the ground. Today's Language: おとしどころ o-to-shi-do-ko-ro 落とし所 Literally: "the place where things fall" Meaning: compromise, common ground David's Links: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidtonge/ Company Website: https://the-division.com/ Art Photography: https://www.dtonge.co.uk/ Related Episodes:  Understanding the Japanese Marketplace with Natalie Meyer: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/Understanding-the-Japanese-Marketplace-with-Natalie-Meyer-ejo3l3 Discovering Ma: Finding Success in Japan by Learning to Pay Attention with Byron Barón: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/Discovering-Ma-Finding-Success-in-Japan-by-Learning-to-Pay-Attention-with-Byron-Barn-ejiru4 On Being an Effective Communicator in Japan with Anthony Griffin: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/On-Being-an-Effective-Communicator-in-Japan-with-Anthony-Griffin-el1v9m Want to support the podcast? Check the podcast's ko-fi page to help keep me well-caffeinated: https://ko-fi.com/businesssuccessjapan Be sure to follow or subscribe for more Japanese language and cultural insights. And if you enjoy the podcast, please leave a review so that other people can find it as well. And of course, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes, please email me at businesssuccessjapan@gmail.com. Leave me a voice message here: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/message
44:25
June 28, 2021
The Power of Self-Reflection, Storytelling, and Finding Authentic Balance in Japan with Tim Sullivan
In today's episode, I share a conversation with Tim Sullivan. He is a bilingual cross-cultural educator who connects people through storytelling by using a combination of monologue and interactive exercises. Now semi-retired, he has decades of experience working in Japan and offering training in cross-cultural communication and Japanese manufacturing management techniques to a laundry list of international companies. Some topics we discuss include the role that personal reflection plays on improvement, the power of storytelling in Japanese culture and cross-cultural learning, and the importance of examining your own culture to better understand that of others. Today's Language:  はんせい ha-n-se-i 反省(反省会) meaning: reflection, contemplation, regret, repentance Tim's Links:  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tim-sullivan-3528486/ Clubhouse: @atamitim Clubhouse Club Name: Intercult Twilight Zone Intercultural Twilight Zone: https://japaninsight.wordpress.com YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCERUddDJxdFMANb0iXDG5Yw Related Episodes:  Preventing Cross-Cultural Miscommunication and Leadership as Parenting with Chie Schuller: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/Preventing-Cross-Cultural-Miscommunication-and-Leadership-as-Parenting-with-Chie-Schuller-eq9l8r Navigating Gender, Race, and Culture in the Japanese Workplace with Jessica Kennett Cork: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/Navigating-Gender--Race--and-Culture-in-the-Japanese-Workplace-with-Jessica-Kennett-Cork-enu4ro On Being an Effective Communicator in Japan with Anthony Griffin: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/On-Being-an-Effective-Communicator-in-Japan-with-Anthony-Griffin-el1v9m Book Recommendations:  The Storytelling Animal: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12743473-the-storytelling-animal?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=cqL1lk1srI&rank=1 Japanese Patterns of Behavior: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3171431-japanese-patterns-of-behavior?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=QOLDzNGUDd&rank=1 Want to support the podcast? Check the podcast's ko-fi page to help keep me well-caffeinated: https://ko-fi.com/businesssuccessjapan Be sure to subscribe for more Japanese language and cultural insights. And if you enjoy the podcast, please leave a review so that other people can find it as well. And of course, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes, please email me at businesssuccessjapan@gmail.com. Leave a voice message here: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/message
01:07:14
June 14, 2021
How to Make it Big in Japan: Navigating Culture, Burnout, and Entrepreneurship with Misha Yurchenko
In today’s episode, I chat with Misha Yurchenko, founder of the global coaching startup platform, Carrus. He was previously based in Tokyo where he worked for several years as a recruiter helping tech companies like Facebook, Netflix and Amazon hire top talent. Today's Language: たんしんふにん ta-n-shi-n-fu-ni-n 単身赴任 meaning: a job transfer away from home (domestic or abroad), typically without one's family Misha's Links: Blog: https://mishayurchenko.me/ Career Coaching Platform: https://carrus.io/ Book: https://www.amazon.com/Making-Big-Japan-Stories-Lessons/dp/B08NVL69CM LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/misha-yurchenko-88458565/ Clubhouse: @themisha Related Episodes: Why You Should Found Your Startup in Kobe with Masanori Nagamine: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/Why-You-Should-Found-Your-Startup-in-Kobe-with-Masanori-Nagamine-eotr5u Anil Raj on Entrepreneurship and Mentorship in Japan: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/Anil-Raj-on-Entrepreneurship-and-Mentorship-in-Japan-egfc87 Successfully Navigating Your Tech Career and Avoiding Burnout in Japan with Paul Roberts: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/Successfully-Navigating-Your-Tech-Career-and-Avoiding-Burnout-in-Japan-with-Paul-Roberts-en236f Book Recommendations:  Making it Big in Japan: Stories, Lessons and Advice from Expats Living the Dream: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56400766-making-it-big-in-japan Finite and Infinite Games: A Vision of Life as Play and Possibility: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/189989.Finite_and_Infinite_Games Want to support the podcast? Check the podcast's ko-fi page to help keep me well-caffeinated: https://ko-fi.com/businesssuccessjapan Be sure to subscribe for more Japanese language and cultural insights. And if you enjoy the podcast, please leave a review so that other people can find it as well. And of course, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes, please email me at businesssuccessjapan@gmail.com. Leave a voice message here: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/message
47:48
May 31, 2021
Surviving the Salaryman Lifestyle in Japan with Michael Howard Thuresson
In today's episode, I chat with Michael Howard Thuresson, a former Japan-based consumer electronics product manager who is currently working as a U.S.-based marketing manager for Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing. He is also the author of the memoir “The Salary Man,” which documents some of the experiences and misadventures he accumulated over the course of a decade as a foreign サラリーマン in Japan.  Today's Language:  サラリーマン sa-ra-ri-i-man meaning: full-time (male) employee at a Japanese company Michael's Links:  Website: www.thesalarymanbook.com LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-howard-thuresson-a39735/ Related Episodes:  Anil Raj on Entrepreneurship and Mentorship in Japan: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/Anil-Raj-on-Entrepreneurship-and-Mentorship-in-Japan-egfc87 Managing Professional Relationships and Gaijin-Cards in Japan with Mac Salman: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/Managing-Professional-Relationships-and-Gaijin-Cards-in-Japan-with-Mac-Salman-eh93ek Navigating Gender, Race, and Culture in the Japanese Workplace with Jessica Kennett Cork: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/Navigating-Gender--Race--and-Culture-in-the-Japanese-Workplace-with-Jessica-Kennett-Cork-enu4ro Want to support the podcast? Check the podcast's ko-fi page to help keep me well-caffeinated: https://ko-fi.com/businesssuccessjapan Be sure to subscribe for more Japanese language and cultural insights. And if you enjoy the podcast, please leave a review so that other people can find it as well. And of course, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes, please email me at businesssuccessjapan@gmail.com. Leave me a voice message here: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/message
51:42
May 17, 2021
Obstacles, Trends, and Ideas for Addressing the Japanese Talent Shortage with Alan Acosta
In today's episode, I chat with Alan Acosta of Workshift Solutions, Japan's largest platform of registered overseas freelancers. Workshift Solutions allows companies to quickly and inexpensively access talented, multilingual overseas freelancers online for inbound and E-Commerce support, multi-language translation, overseas market surveys, overseas market research, telephone appointment assistance, sales channel expansion, design and much more. Alan himself grew up spending many years of his life moving from country to country learning new languages and lifestyles before settling in Japan. We chat about what is already being done to address the labor shortage in Japan, how universities are already adapting to the need for more foreigners to join their ranks, and why it’s still difficult for foreign freelancers to find their place in the Japanese job market. Today's word: しゅうしょくかつどう shu-u-sho-ku-ka-tsu-do-u 就職活動 meaning: job-searching (activities) Alan's Links: Workshift Solutions: https://workshift-sol.com/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alan-acosta-146b1810/ Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies (IUC): https://iucjapan.org/index_e.html Related Episodes: Pursuing Mastery of the Japanese Language with Graeme Lawrence: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/Pursuing-Mastery-of-the-Japanese-Language-with-Graeme-Lawrence-ekp1p5 On Refugees, Diversity, and Revitalization: Making Room for Growth in a Shrinking Country with Seira Yun: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/On-Refugees--Diversity--and-Revitalization-Making-Room-for-Growth-in-a-Shrinking-Country-with-Seira-Yun-eqnlor On Being an Effective Communicator in Japan with Anthony Griffin: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/On-Being-an-Effective-Communicator-in-Japan-with-Anthony-Griffin-el1v9m Want to support the podcast? Check the podcast's ko-fi page to help keep me well-caffeinated: https://ko-fi.com/businesssuccessjapan Be sure to subscribe for more Japanese language and cultural insights. And if you enjoy the podcast, please leave a review so that other people can find it as well. And of course, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes, please email me at businesssuccessjapan@gmail.com. Leave me a voice message here: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/message
48:26
May 3, 2021
Communicating Your Value in the Japanese Job Market with Sam Thornton
In today's episode, I chat with Sam Thornton: a self-described bridge to Japan for startups and enterprise software vendors. He works to fuel growth in Japan for software companies by working to help employers acquire the talent they need for success in an ever-shrinking working population. In the episode, Sam shares his experiences transitioning from an English teacher to a recruiter, some of the "why"'s behind the talent crunch many companies face in Japan (and what that means for job-seekers), as well as what it really takes to pass N1 on the JLPT. Today's word: じこしょうかい ji-ko-sho-u-ka-i 自己紹介 meaning: self-introduction Sam's Links: company: https://www.peloton.co.jp/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/samuel-thornton/ email: sam@peloton.co.jp clubhouse: @samubansonton Related Episodes: Pursuing Mastery of the Japanese Language with Graeme Lawrence: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/Pursuing-Mastery-of-the-Japanese-Language-with-Graeme-Lawrence-ekp1p5 Discovering Ma: Finding Success in Japan by Learning to Pay Attention with Byron Barón: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/Discovering-Ma-Finding-Success-in-Japan-by-Learning-to-Pay-Attention-with-Byron-Barn-ejiru4 Managing Professional Relationships and Gaijin-Cards in Japan with Mac Salman: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/Managing-Professional-Relationships-and-Gaijin-Cards-in-Japan-with-Mac-Salman-eh93ek Want to support the podcast? Check the podcast's ko-fi page to help keep me well-caffeinated: https://ko-fi.com/businesssuccessjapan Be sure to subscribe for more Japanese language and cultural insights. And if you enjoy the podcast, please leave a review so that other people can find it as well. And of course, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes, please email me at businesssuccessjapan@gmail.com. Leave me a voice message here: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/message
59:54
April 19, 2021
Covid-19's Influence on Travel and Finding Your Place Professionally in Japan with Maya Matsuoka
In today's episode, I chat with Maya Matsuoka, who is the assistant director at the Japan Association of Travel Agencies, or JATA. Maya is a multilingual professional who has worked in Japan for 19 years with extensive experience in the travel industry. She has also recently launched a great new website called Discover Deep Japan, which provides a bank of high-quality resources to help readers better understand the Japanese marketplace and what is needed to find success in Japan. If you’re interested in contributing to the Discover Deep Japan website, please reach out to Maya directly. In the conversation, Maya shares some of her unique experiences building a new life and career in Japan. She also offers some insights into changes in the Japanese travel industry, as well as what may or may not change due to Covid-19. Maya also explains why it's important to gain some mastery of Japanese in order to be more effective working with Japanese people, as the language and its culture are tightly interwoven. Today's Language:  ごくろうさまです go-ku-ro-u-sa-ma-de-su meaning: "Thank you for your hard work." "You worked hard." usage note: only acceptable to use with someone in an inferior position compared to you in the context (e.g. a boss to his subordinate) Maya's Links:  New Website on Doing Business and Working in Japan: https://japanexpertinsights.com LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/maya-matsuoka/  Japan Association of Travel Agents: https://www.jata-net.or.jp/english/ Clubhouse: @mayamatsuoka Related Episodes:  Tourism and Covid-19: Effects and Opportunities in Japan with Bonson Lam: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/Tourism-and-Covid-19-Effects-and-Opportunities-in-Japan-with-Bonson-Lam-ehut7k Anne Hooghart on High- and Low-Context Cultures: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/Anne-Hooghart-on-High--and-Low-Context-Cultures-eg3asl Pursuing Mastery of the Japanese Language with Graeme Lawrence: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/Pursuing-Mastery-of-the-Japanese-Language-with-Graeme-Lawrence-ekp1p5 Want to support the podcast? Check the podcast's ko-fi page to help keep me well-caffeinated: https://ko-fi.com/businesssuccessjapan Be sure to subscribe for more Japanese language and cultural insights. And if you enjoy the podcast, please leave a review so that other people can find it as well. And of course, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes, please email me at businesssuccessjapan@gmail.com. Leave me a voice message here: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/message
56:35
April 5, 2021
Setting Yourself Up to Thrive in Japan with Katheryn Gronauer
In today's episode, I get to share a conversation I had with Katheryn Gronauer, founder of the company Thrive Tokyo. Katheryn is a professional trainer, coach, and content writer who helps high-level professionals understand Japanese business culture through training and coaching programs. She’s a graduate of Sophia University with a degree in International Business & Culture, a qualified Trainer and Change Management Facilitator, and a wellness coach. In the conversation, we discuss the struggles expats and their families face when moving to Japan for work, what the honeymoon period can look like for different individuals, and the importance of prioritizing holistic wellness to help cope with culture shock before it even takes root. Today's Word:  ていしょく(定食) te-i-sho-ku meaning: set meal (e.g. at a restaurant or cafeteria), typically focused on providing a "balanced" meal Katheryn's Links:  company website: www.thrivetokyo.com LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/katheryngronauer Instagram: www.instagram.com/katheryngronauer Clubhouse: @thrivetokyo Related Episodes:  Sébastien on Omotenashi and Special Diets in Japan: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/Sbastien-on-Omotenashi-and-Special-Diets-in-Japan-ef8coh Faye-Sensei on Culture Shock and the Power of Open-Mindedness: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/Faye-Sensei-on-Culture-Shock-and-the-Power-of-Open-Mindedness-ees6v8 Discovering Ma: Finding Success in Japan by Learning to Pay Attention with Byron Barón: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/Discovering-Ma-Finding-Success-in-Japan-by-Learning-to-Pay-Attention-with-Byron-Barn-ejiru4 Want to support the podcast? Check the podcast's ko-fi page to help keep me well-caffeinated: https://ko-fi.com/businesssuccessjapan Be sure to subscribe for more Japanese language and cultural insights. And if you enjoy the podcast, please leave a review so that other people can find it as well. And of course, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes, please email me at businesssuccessjapan@gmail.com. Leave me a voice message here: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/message
57:31
March 22, 2021
On Refugees, Diversity, and Revitalization: Making Room for Growth in a Shrinking Country with Seira Yun
In today’s episode, I chat with Seira Yun. Seira is the founder and CEO of Discover Deep Japan, and a social entrepreneur with years of experience leading teams across countries in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. He holds a Master's in Social Innovation from the University of Cambridge Judge Business School, and is also fluent in Japanese, Korean, English, French, Spanish, and Arabic. Japanese of the Day: もったいない mo-tta-i-na-i meaning: wasteful, waste Seira's Links: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/seirayun/ Company: https://discover-deep.com/ Related Episodes: Navigating Gender, Race, and Culture in the Japanese Workplace with Jessica Kennett Cork: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/Navigating-Gender--Race--and-Culture-in-the-Japanese-Workplace-with-Jessica-Kennett-Cork-enu4ro Diversity, Inclusion, and Cross-Cultural Leadership in Japan with Takahiro Shikano: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/Diversity--Inclusion--and-Cross-Cultural-Leadership-in-Japan-with-Takahiro-Shikano-eoek3e Finding Your Niche, Succeeding Socially, and Navigating Bureaucracy in Japan with Richard Mort: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/Finding-Your-Niche--Succeeding-Socially--and-Navigating-Bureaucracy-in-Japan-with-Richard-Mort-epnuf9 Want to support the podcast? Check the podcast's ko-fi page to help keep me well-caffeinated: https://ko-fi.com/businesssuccessjapan Be sure to subscribe for more Japanese language and cultural insights. And if you enjoy the podcast, please leave a review so that other people can find it as well. And of course, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes, please email me at businesssuccessjapan@gmail.com. Leave me a voice message here: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/message
44:32
March 8, 2021
Preventing Cross-Cultural Miscommunication and Leadership as Parenting with Chie Schuller
In today's conversation, I speak with Chie Schuller of THK Manufacturing of America, where she is a leader in international relations and cross-cultural engagement with a focus on US-Japan relations. She shares insights from her long history of working as a "bridge" between Japan and the United States. We also discuss the importance of sharing cultural context in situations with potential miscommunication, emotional intelligence in the workplace, the importance of setting clear expectations in cross-cultural environments, and what the traditionally Japanese view of leadership as "parenting" has to do with management practices. Today's Language: それはちょっとむずかしいです so-re-wa cho-tto mu-zu-ka-shi-i-de-su literal meaning: "that is a little difficult" real meaning: no Chie's Links: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chie-schuller/ Clubhouse: @chieschuller Related Episodes: Kasia on Hourensou: Improving Communication in Japan With... Spinach?: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/Kasia-on-Hourensou-Improving-Communication-in-Japan-With----Spinach-ed15d8 On Being an Effective Communicator in Japan with Anthony Griffin: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/On-Being-an-Effective-Communicator-in-Japan-with-Anthony-Griffin-el1v9m Navigating Gender, Race, and Culture in the Japanese Workplace with Jessica Kennett Cork: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/Navigating-Gender--Race--and-Culture-in-the-Japanese-Workplace-with-Jessica-Kennett-Cork-enu4ro Want to support the podcast? Check the podcast's ko-fi page to help keep me well-caffeinated: https://ko-fi.com/businesssuccessjapan Be sure to subscribe for more Japanese language and cultural insights. And if you enjoy the podcast, please leave a review so that other people can find it as well. And of course, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes, please email me at businesssuccessjapan@gmail.com. Leave me a voice message here: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/message
52:54
February 22, 2021
Finding Your Niche, Succeeding Socially, and Navigating Bureaucracy in Japan with Richard Mort
In today's episode, I talk with Richard Mort, an international communication specialist who has decades of immersion in Japanese language and culture, cross-cultural understanding, and fluency in French and German. He shares his experiences, and we discuss finding your niche in Japan, finding family and woman/friendly companies, navigating the Japanese education and healthcare system when you need special accommodations, and why trying to master Japanese may not be the best use of your time. Today's Language: にほんごじょうず ni-ho-n-go jo-u-zu meaning: good at Japanese [casual] Conversationally polite version: にほんごはじょうずですね ("Your Japanese is good!") Richard's Links: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/richardmort/ Company: http://www.nativechecker.com/ Related Episodes: Japanese Body Language: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/Japanese-Body-Language-eas7c0 Cultivating Creativity in Japan: Succeeding by Being Radically Yourself with Angel Guevara: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/Cultivating-Creativity-in-Japan-Succeeding-by-Being-Radically-Yourself-with-Angel-Guevara-eift3u Pursuing Mastery of the Japanese Language with Graeme Lawrence: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/Pursuing-Mastery-of-the-Japanese-Language-with-Graeme-Lawrence-ekp1p5 Want to support the podcast? Check the podcast's ko-fi page to help keep me well-caffeinated: https://ko-fi.com/businesssuccessjapan Be sure to subscribe for more Japanese language and cultural insights. And if you enjoy the podcast, please leave a review so that other people can find it as well. And of course, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes, please email me at businesssuccessjapan@gmail.com. Leave me a voice message here: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/message
01:07:00
February 8, 2021
Why You Should Found Your Startup in Kobe with Masanori Nagamine
Today, I chat with Masanori Nagamine, a Japanese municipal official working to attract global startups, accelerators, incubators, and Venture Capitalists in IT and Life Science to the city of Kobe. Tokyo had better watch out, because Kobe is just one of the cities across Japan are fighting to attract international talent and startups. The city of Kobe is one of these Strategic Economic Zones, and in this week’s episode Masanori tells us a bit more about what support and obstacles foreigners can expect when founding a startup outside of Tokyo. Between generous subsidies, the Startup Visa, a lower cost of living, and the Kobe 500 Accelerator, listen in to hear why Kobe may just be the right home for you and your startup. Today's Language: ぼうねんかい  bo-u-ne-n-ka-i  Meaning: year-end party (usually for work), or "forget the year meeting"  Kanji: 忘年会  Masanori's Links: Masanori’s LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/masanori-nagamine-438a9417b/ Seattle Branch of the City of Kobe: https://www.linkedin.com/company/kobe-trade-information-office/ Kobe's startup ecosystem https://kobestartup.com/  Startup Visa https://kobestartup.com/ecosystem/startup-visa/ https://kobestartup.com/news/   Kobe's general business information https://global.kobe-investment.jp/dl/document_pdf_e.pdf  Kobe Biomedical Innovation Cluster https://www.fbri-kobe.org/kbic/english/ Related Episodes:  Making the Most of a Nomikai: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/Making-the-Most-of-a-Nomikai-ed786u   Anil Raj on Entrepreneurship and Mentorship in Japan: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/Anil-Raj-on-Entrepreneurship-and-Mentorship-in-Japan-egfc87   Understanding the Japanese Marketplace with Natalie Meyer: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/Understanding-the-Japanese-Marketplace-with-Natalie-Meyer-ejo3l3   Want to support the podcast? Check the podcast's ko-fi page to help keep me well-caffeinated: https://ko-fi.com/businesssuccessjapan Be sure to subscribe for more Japanese language and cultural insights. And if you enjoy the podcast, please leave a review so that other people can find it as well. And of course, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes, please email me at businesssuccessjapan@gmail.com.
45:56
January 25, 2021
Diversity, Inclusion, and Cross-Cultural Leadership in Japan with Takahiro Shikano
Today, I talk with Takahiro Shikano, a global marketing strategist and partner solutions leader specializing in launching and growing sales of cutting-edge technology products across Fortune 500 partner networks who is currently a Global Account Marketing lead at Microsoft Corporation. In today's conversation, he shares his insights into what diversity and inclusion looks like in a Japanese professional context, as well as what his experiences have shown him it takes to be an effective leader cross-culturally. Today's Phrase: おきゃくさまはかみさまです o-kya-ku-sa-ma-wa ka-mi-sa-ma-de-su meaning: The customer is god. [roughly the Japanese equivalent of "the customer is always right"] with kanji: お客様は神様です Taka's Links: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/takashikano0219/ Related Episodes: Discovering Ma: Finding Success in Japan by Learning to Pay Attention with Byron Barón (https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/Discovering-Ma-Finding-Success-in-Japan-by-Learning-to-Pay-Attention-with-Byron-Barn-ejiru4) On Being an Effective Communicator in Japan with Anthony Griffin (https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/On-Being-an-Effective-Communicator-in-Japan-with-Anthony-Griffin-el1v9m) Navigating Gender, Race, and Culture in the Japanese Workplace with Jessica Kennett Cork (https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/Navigating-Gender--Race--and-Culture-in-the-Japanese-Workplace-with-Jessica-Kennett-Cork-enu4ro) Want to support the podcast? Check the podcast's ko-fi page to help keep me well-caffeinated: https://ko-fi.com/businesssuccessjapan Be sure to subscribe for more Japanese language and cultural insights. And if you enjoy the podcast, please leave a review so that other people can find it as well. And of course, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes, please email me at businesssuccessjapan@gmail.com.
43:45
January 11, 2021
Navigating Gender, Race, and Culture in the Japanese Workplace with Jessica Kennett Cork
In today's episode, I share a conversation with Jessica Kennett Cork, Vice President of Community Engagement and Communications at YKK Corporation of America. In this week’s episode of the podcast, Jessica Kennett Cork shares her experiences as a foreign woman working in Japanese companies, as well as her insights into how to successfully navigate cultural expectations regardless of your gender or race. She also explains how decision-making functions within Japanese companies, and why it’s so important for non-Japanese employees to cultivate “global dexterity.” Today's word: りんぎ ri-n-gi Meaning: The formal passing around of a written proposal in order to gain approval from all stakeholders within a company, typically in a bottom-up manner, that occurs in large and traditional Japanese companies. Jessica's Links: -LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jessica-kennett-cork-ab41a812/    Book Recommendations: -JETRO booklet: https://www.jetro.go.jp/costarica/mercadeo/communicationwith.pdf    -"Global Dexterity" by Andy Molinsky: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15824353-global-dexterity?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=xG3eVsNCFD&rank=1    Related Episodes: -Kasia on Hourensou: Improving Communication in Japan With... Spinach? (https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/Kasia-on-Hourensou-Improving-Communication-in-Japan-With----Spinach-ed15d8)    -On Being an Effective Communicator in Japan with Anthony Griffin (https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/On-Being-an-Effective-Communicator-in-Japan-with-Anthony-Griffin-el1v9m)    -Meetings in Japan: Honne, Tatemae, and Nemawashi… Oh My! with Ken Okamoto (https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/Meetings-in-Japan-Honne--Tatemae--and-Nemawashi-Oh-My--with-Ken-Okamoto-ekhnqr)    Want to support the podcast? Check the podcast's ko-fi page to help keep me well-caffeinated: https://ko-fi.com/businesssuccessjapan Be sure to subscribe for more Japanese language and cultural insights. And if you enjoy the podcast, please leave a review so that other people can find it as well. And of course, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes, please email me at businesssuccessjapan@gmail.com.
01:03:29
December 21, 2020
Successfully Navigating Your Tech Career and Avoiding Burnout in Japan with Paul Roberts
Today, I chat with IT recruiter and consultant Paul Roberts, a Tokyo-based IT recruiter with over twenty years of experience in the industry. He shares his own career and life experiences in Japan, and he touches on many interesting and practical topics such as work visas, networking, entrepreneurship, just to name a few. Today's Word: めいし me-i-shi meaning: business card Paul's Links: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/paulrobertstokyo/ Personal Blog: paulroberts.jp Company Website: www.smartpartners.co.jp Related Episodes:  to learn more about Japanese business cards: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/Exchanging-Business-Cards-in-Japan-eaaquv to learn more about adapting  and thriving in Japan: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/Faye-Sensei-on-Culture-Shock-and-the-Power-of-Open-Mindedness-ees6v8 to learn more about entrepreneurship and networking in Japan: https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/Anil-Raj-on-Entrepreneurship-and-Mentorship-in-Japan-egfc87 Want to support the podcast? Check the podcast's ko-fi page to help keep me well-caffeinated: https://ko-fi.com/businesssuccessjapan Be sure to subscribe for more Japanese language and cultural insights. And if you enjoy the podcast, please leave a review so that other people can find it as well. And of course, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes, please email me at businesssuccessjapan@gmail.com.
57:16
December 7, 2020
Opportunities for Disruption and Collaboration in Japan and Germany with Johannes Budkiewitz
In today's conversation, NIHHON founder Johannes Budkiewitz shares his insights into a wide range of topics, including how the Japanese education system offers opportunities for disruption alongside the rise of startups, as well as the unique opportunities that exist for collaboration between Japan and Germany. He also speaks about sustainability issues and initiatives in both countries, as well as what mindsets are necessary to find lasting success in Japan. Today's Word: サークル sa-a-ku-ru meaning: a club, team, or informal hobby group, usually at school or university Johannes' Links: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/johannes-budkiewitz-95083b1a3/ Homepage: https://www.nihhon.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/_nihhon_/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nihhoncom-2791049817875596/ Book Recommendation: "Sharing a house with the Never-Ending Man" by Steve Alpert: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50489122-sharing-a-house-with-the-never-ending-man?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=nV2344VOuY&rank=1 Related Episodes: On Being an Effective Communicator in Japan with Anthony Griffin (https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/On-Being-an-Effective-Communicator-in-Japan-with-Anthony-Griffin-el1v9m) Discovering Ma: Finding Success in Japan by Learning to Pay Attention with Byron Barón (https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/Discovering-Ma-Finding-Success-in-Japan-by-Learning-to-Pay-Attention-with-Byron-Barn-ejiru4) Pursuing Mastery of the Japanese Language with Graeme Lawrence (https://anchor.fm/businesssuccessjapan/episodes/Pursuing-Mastery-of-the-Japanese-Language-with-Graeme-Lawrence-ekp1p5) Want to support the podcast? Check the podcast's ko-fi page to help keep me well-caffeinated: https://ko-fi.com/businesssuccessjapan Be sure to subscribe for more Japanese language and cultural insights. And if you enjoy the podcast, please leave a review so that other people can find it as well. And of course, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes, please email me at businesssuccessjapan@gmail.com.
01:05:10
November 23, 2020
On Being an Effective Communicator in Japan with Anthony Griffin
In today's episode, I chat with Anthony Griffin of Saga Consulting about his experiences helping Japanese professionals gain the skills needed to be successful in an increasingly globalized world. Be sure to listen in to learn more about what skills are essential for finding professional success in Japan, as well as to hear more about the role of LinkedIn and other social media in Japanese networking. Today's Phrase: がんばってください ga-n-ba-tte-ku-da-sa-i Meaning: "Please do your best." (typically used in instances where "good luck" would be used) Anthony's Links: LinkedIn website company page Book Recommendation: "Never Split the Difference" Related Episodes: Faye-Sensei on Culture Shock and the Importance of Open-Mindedness Meetings in Japan: Honne, Tatemae, and Nemawashi... Oh My! With Ken Okamoto Managing Professional Relationships and Gaijin-Cards with Mac Salman Want to support the podcast? Check the podcast's ko-fi page to help keep me well-caffeinated: https://ko-fi.com/businesssuccessjapan Be sure to subscribe for more Japanese language and cultural insights. And if you enjoy the podcast, please leave a review so that other people can find it as well. And of course, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes, please email me at businesssuccessjapan@gmail.com.
58:08
November 9, 2020
Pursuing Mastery of the Japanese Language with Graeme Lawrence
In today's episode, I chat with Graeme Lawrence, an award-winning Japanese specialist with years of experience in translation and interpretation. He shares his own experiences working in Japan and using Japanese professionally outside of the country, as well as his insights into the process of learning Japanese. For anyone who is considering taking their own Japanese studies seriously, no matter their current level or past experiences in the classroom, this episode is a must-listen. Graeme's Links: LinkedIn Website YouTube Eikoku News Digest Monthly Column Related Episodes: Identity and Relationships: Kimi Sugiyama Shares Her Experiences Working in Japan Japanese Self-Introduction Anne Hooghart on High- and Low-Context Cultures Japanese Body Language Kasia on Hourensou: Improving Communication in Japan With... Spinach? Resources for Japanese Study and Inspiration: Rikaikun Language Learning with Netflix Anki The Sir Peter Parker Awards for Spoken Business Japanese Want to support the podcast? Check the podcast's ko-fi page to help keep me well-caffeinated: https://ko-fi.com/businesssuccessjapan Be sure to subscribe for more Japanese language and cultural insights. And if you enjoy the podcast, please leave a review so that other people can find it as well. And of course, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes, please email me at businesssuccessjapan@gmail.com.
01:06:42
October 26, 2020
Meetings in Japan: Honne, Tatemae, and Nemawashi… Oh My! with Ken Okamoto
In this week's interview, I chat with Ken Okamoto of Ken One World Consulting. We chat about the importance of a healthy work-life balance, why that can be so difficult to achieve in Japan, and we delve into the topic of Japanese business meetings. Be sure to listen in to  some insight into what you will likely encounter, and how to put in the work ahead of time to set yourself for success in Japanese meetings. Today's Word: たてまえ ta-te-ma-e Meaning: one's official opinion or stance (though not necessary their personal opinion) Ken's Links: LinkedIn Website feel free to email Ken at: keepchallenging25@gmail.com Related Episodes: Business Meeting Basics How to Behave in a Business Meeting Managing Professional Relationships and Gaijin-Cards with Mac Salman Want to support the podcast? Check the podcast's ko-fi page to help keep me well-caffeinated: https://ko-fi.com/businesssuccessjapan Be sure to subscribe for more Japanese language and cultural insights. And if you enjoy the podcast, please leave a review so that other people can find it as well. And of course, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes, please email me at businesssuccessjapan@gmail.com.
57:15
October 12, 2020
Understanding the Japanese Marketplace with Natalie Meyer
In today's conversation, I chat with Natalie Meyer of Tokyoesque, a localization and market research company. In the episode, Natalie shares her insights into some unique aspects of the Japanese marketplace, as well as common difficulties foreign companies face when entering Japan, and vice-verse. Today's Word: ほんね ho-n-ne Meaning: one's true opinion, real intention, motivation Natalie's Links: Tokyoesque LinkedIn Book Recommendation: The Culture Map Related Episodes: Faye-Sensei on Culture Shock and the Power of Open-Mindedness Anil Raj on Entrepreneurship and Mentorship in Japan Discovering Ma: Finding Success in Japan by Learning to Pay Attention with Byron Barón Want to support the podcast? Check the podcast's ko-fi page to help keep me well-caffeinated: https://ko-fi.com/businesssuccessjapan Be sure to subscribe for more Japanese language and cultural insights. And if you enjoy the podcast, please leave a review so that other people can find it as well. And of course, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes, please email me at businesssuccessjapan@gmail.com.
52:08
September 28, 2020
Discovering Ma: Finding Success in Japan by Learning to Pay Attention with Byron Barón
In this week's episode, I chat with Byron Barón of Contactojapon about the importance of a concept called "ma" to effective communication in Japan.  Since "ma" means time, pause, or space, it can be a difficult concept for many speed-obsessed Westerners to wrap their heads around at first. However, an appreciation of Japanese art, as well as cultivating quiet and space in your own life may hold the key to not only surviving, but thriving in this unique aspect of Japanese communication.  Also, this episode goes live on Byron's birthday, so be sure to wish him well! Today's phrase: くうきをよむ ku-u-ki (w)o yo-mu Translation: "to read the air" Byron's Links: Website Youtube Podcast LinkedIn Byron's Book Recommendations: Japanese Gestures An Introduction to Japanese Society Understanding Japanese Society Related Episodes: Japanese Body Language Faye-Sensei on Culture Shock and the Power of Open-Mindedness Kasia on Hourensou: Improving Communication in Japan with... Spinach? Want to support the podcast? Check the podcast's ko-fi page to help keep me well-caffeinated: https://ko-fi.com/businesssuccessjapan Be sure to subscribe for more Japanese language and cultural insights. And if you enjoy the podcast, please consider leaving a review so that other people can find it as well. And of course, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes, please email me at businesssuccessjapan@gmail.com.
52:32
September 14, 2020
Cultivating Creativity in Japan: Succeeding by Being Radically Yourself with Angel Guevara
In today's episode, Angel Guevara shares his observations on the interplay between self-confidence, individuality, and creativity in the Japanese market. How can you master the art of honoring your host culture while being true to your passions? Be sure to listen in and find out. Today's Word: かいぜん ka-i-ze-n Meaning: betterment, improvement Angel's Links and Suggestions: His Company: Hypermilk His Movement: Nightcrawlers personality assessment Related Episodes: Anil Raj on Entrepreneurship and Mentorship in Japan Anne Hooghart on High- and Low-Context Cultures Japanese Body Language Want to support the podcast? Check the podcast's ko-fi page to help keep me well-caffeinated: https://ko-fi.com/businesssuccessjapan Be sure to subscribe for more Japanese language and cultural insights. And if you enjoy the podcast, please consider leaving a review so that other people can find it as well. And of course, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes, please email me at businesssuccessjapan@gmail.com.
01:04:34
August 24, 2020
Tourism and Covid-19: Effects and Opportunities in Japan with Bonson Lam
In today's episode, I chat with Bonson Lam about his research into the effects of the current Covid-19 situation on tourism, as well as the possible opportunities that could arise in the industry both during and after the crisis. Today's Word: りょかん ryo-ka-n Meaning: a traditional Japanese-style inn Bonson's Links: Japantravel check out Metropolis Bonson's Story of the Kimono Chest Bonson's Story at the Soba Shack Related Episodes: Sébastien on Omotenashi and Special Diets in Japan Anil Raj on Entrepreneurship and Mentorship in Japan Exchanging Business Cards in Japan Want to support the podcast? Check the podcast's ko-fi page to help keep me well-caffeinated: https://ko-fi.com/businesssuccessjapan Be sure to subscribe for more Japanese language and cultural insights. And if you enjoy the podcast, please consider leaving a review so that other people can find it as well. And of course, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes, please email me at businesssuccessjapan@gmail.com.
01:04:49
August 10, 2020
Managing Professional Relationships and Gaijin-Cards in Japan with Mac Salman
In today's episode, I chat with Mac Salman, founder of the Japan-based travel company Maction Planet. He shares his experiences moving to and falling in love with the country, as well as his practical insights into how best to build and maintain relationships in Japan. We also discuss an important concept for foreigners living and doing business in Japan to know called the "gaijin-card," so you definitely won't want to miss out on this week's conversation. Today's Word: がいじん ga-i-ji-n Meaning: foreigner (typically referring to any non-Japanese person) Kanji [Chinese Characters]: 外人 (literally: "outside person") Mac's Links: Maction Planet  Instagram  Facebook  YouTube  Twitter  LinkedIn  Pinterest  Mixcloud  Mac's Book Recommendation: The Tale of Genji  Related Episodes:  Groupism and Nommunication (Minae-san) Making the Most of a Nomikai Culture Shock and the Power of Open-Mindedness (Faye-sensei) Want to support the podcast? Check the podcast's ko-fi page to help keep me well-caffeinated: https://ko-fi.com/businesssuccessjapan Be sure to subscribe for more Japanese language and cultural insights. And if you enjoy the podcast, please consider leaving a review so that other people can find it as well. And of course, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes, please email me at businesssuccessjapan@gmail.com.
58:12
July 26, 2020
Anil Raj on Entrepreneurship and Mentorship in Japan
In today's episode, I interview Anil Raj, a serial entrepreneur in Japan. He shares his experiences, advice for successfully navigating entrepreneurship in Japan as a foreigner, as well as his views on the importance of mentorship in the country. Today's Phrase: かんぱい ka-n-pa-i Meaning: "Cheers!" [used while drinking] Related Past Episodes: Business Meeting Basics Making the Most of a Nomikai Groupism and Nommunication: Minae-san on Building Strong Business Relationships in Japan Anil Raj’s Links: LinkedIn Group Website Restaurants Want to support the podcast? Check the podcast's ko-fi page to help keep me well-caffeinated: https://ko-fi.com/businesssuccessjapan Be sure to subscribe for more Japanese language and cultural insights. And if you enjoy the podcast, please consider leaving a review so that other people can find it as well. And of course, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes, please email me at businesssuccessjapan@gmail.com.
46:43
July 13, 2020
Anne Hooghart on High- and Low-Context Cultures
In today's episode, Anne Hooghart walks us through the differences between high- and low-context cultures, as well as the common misunderstandings that commonly occur between people from cultures on different ends of the spectrum. Today's Phrase: わかりません wa-ka-ri-ma-se-n Meaning: I don't know/I don't understand Previous Episodes to Learn More: Japanese Body Language Groupism and Nommunication: Minae-san on Building Strong Business Relationships in Japan Suggested Links: Anne’s Book Edward Hall's "Beyond Culture" Video on High-Context Culture vs. Low-Context Culture The Illustrative Example of T. Boone Pickens Want to support the podcast? Check the podcast's ko-fi page to help keep me well-caffeinated: https://ko-fi.com/businesssuccessjapan Be sure to subscribe for more Japanese language and cultural insights. And if you enjoy the podcast, please consider leaving a review so that other people can find it as well. And of course, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes, please email me at businesssuccessjapan@gmail.com.
57:50
June 29, 2020
Sébastien on Omotenashi and Special Diets in Japan
In today's episode, I chat with Sébastien about his experiences in Japan. As the community manager of Japan Travel, Sébastien is passionate about helping others through making Japan more accessible even to those with nonstandard diets. Vegetarians, vegans, and those with religion-based dietary restrictions have frequently voiced their frustrations about how difficult it is to find the food they need in Japan--an issue that can be especially dangerous for those with allergies. Sébastien shares his views on how the Japanese concept of omotenashi, which is a defining feature of hospitality in the country,  can make accommodations around food especially challenging. He also shares his advice on how best to navigate finding the food you need while making the most of your time in Japan, so anyone planning to eat at all while in the country will definitely benefit from listening in. Today's phrase: どうぞ do-u-zo Meaning: "Here you are," "Help yourself," "Go ahead," etc. Learn more about Sébastien and Japan Travel: Connect with Sébastien Sébastien's articles Japan Travel Japan Travel on Instagram Relevant past episodes: Dining in Japanese Restaurants Making the Most of a Nomikai Groupism and Nommunication: Minae-san on Building Strong Business Relationships in Japan Want to support the podcast? Check the podcast's ko-fi page to help keep me well-caffeinated: https://ko-fi.com/businesssuccessjapan If you found the information here useful, please subscribe for more Japanese language and cultural insights. And if you enjoy the podcast, please consider leaving a review so that other people can find it as well. And of course, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes, please email me at businesssuccessjapan@gmail.com.
53:21
June 15, 2020
Getting Around Japan II: Buses
In today's episode, I go into more detail about taking buses in Japan. Although the system is a bit more complicated than subways and trains, buses are still a very convenient way to get around in Japan. And for people traveling on a budget, highway buses and bus passes are by far the most cost-effective way to get around the country. Be sure to listen in to learn more. Today's Phrase:  ごちそうさまでした go-chi-so-u-sa-ma-de-shi-ta Meaning: "It was a feast." Usage: set phrase for after a meal Useful Past Episodes: Getting Around in Japan I For More Information: Highway Buses Want to support the podcast? Check the podcast's ko-fi page to help keep me well-caffeinated: https://ko-fi.com/businesssuccessjapan If you found the information here useful, please subscribe for more Japanese language and cultural insights. And if you enjoy the podcast, please consider leaving a review so that other people can find it as well. And of course, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes, please email me at businesssuccessjapan@gmail.com.
06:30
June 8, 2020
Faye-Sensei on Culture Shock and the Power of Open-Mindedness
Today I chat with Faye Valtadoros, a  Japanese teacher in Michigan who lived in Japan and taught English there through the JET Program. She shares her experiences, what she's learned, and what she teaches her students about how to make the most of their time in the country. This episode will be particularly useful to anyone looking to move to Japan for any length of time, though her stories and thoughts are worth listening to for anyone with an interest in Japan. Today's Phrase:  いただきます i-ta-da-ki-ma-su Meaning: "I [humbly] accept." Usage: set phrase used before eating Want to support the podcast? Check the podcast's ko-fi page to help keep me well-caffeinated: https://ko-fi.com/businesssuccessjapan If you found the information here useful, I hope that you will subscribe for more Japanese language and cultural insights. And if you enjoy the podcast, please consider leaving a review so that other people can find it as well. And of course, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes, please email me at businesssuccessjapan@gmail.com.
43:46
June 1, 2020
Getting Around in Japan I
In today's episode, I talk about some basics information that'll be useful for navigating the transportation system in Japan. Honestly, it can be complicated and overwhelming at times, but having an idea of the situations you'll face will go a long way to making sure you end up in the right place. But when in doubt, don't be afraid to ask for help. And be sure to take advantage of resources like the JR Pass, one-day passes, and Suica/Pasmo cards to not only save money, but help avoid unnecessary stress. Today's Phrase: [place]までいくらですか ma-de i-ku-ra-de-su-ka Meaning: "How much does it cost to get to [place]?" Useful Past Episodes: Surviving Japan: Taxis and Money Additional Information: JR Pass and One-Day Tickets Prepaid Travel Cards If you found the information here useful, I hope that you will subscribe for more Japanese language and cultural insights. And if you enjoy the podcast, please consider leaving a review so that other people can find it as well. And of course, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes, please email me at businesssuccessjapan@gmail.com.
07:32
May 25, 2020
Identity and Relationships: Kimi Sugiyama Shares Her Experiences Working in Japan
Today I chat with Kimi Sugiyama, a travel consultant with a focus on and love for Japan. She shares her experiences navigating business relationships and identity in Japan. We also discuss the intersection of culture and language in really understanding Japanese culture and effectively engaging with people in the country, so be sure to listen in. Today's Phrase: おつかれさまでした o-tsu-ka-re-sa-ma-de-shi-ta Meaning: "Great work today." "You worked hard." Kimi's Links: blog photography podcast consulting/travel services Kimi's Book Recommendation: Japan's Cultural Codewords If you found the information here useful, I hope that you will subscribe for more Japanese language and cultural insights. And if you enjoy the podcast, please consider leaving a review so that other people can find it as well. And of course, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes, please email me at businesssuccessjapan@gmail.com.
41:20
May 18, 2020
Winning at Karaoke
In today's episode, I teach you how to make the most out of a karaoke event in Japan. As karaoke is a common destination after an afterword nomikai, or "drinking meeting," it's another great opportunity to further develop your business relationships in Japan. Today's Phrase: おさきにしつれいします o-sa-ki-ni shi-tsu-re-i-shi-ma-su Meaning: Excuse me for leaving before you. To Learn More: Making the Most of a Nomikai Groupism and Nommunication If you found the information here useful, I hope that you will subscribe for more Japanese language and cultural insights. And if you enjoy the podcast, please consider leaving a review so that other people can find it as well. And of course, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes, please email me at businesssuccessjapan@gmail.com.
07:20
May 11, 2020
Groupism and Nommunication: Minae-san on Building Strong Business Relationships in Japan
In this interview, Minae-san explains the concept of Groupism in Japanese culture, as well as the importance of Nommunication in a Japanese business setting. We explore how Japanese professionals work to develop and maintain relationships, as well as how it ties into Japanese cultural values as a whole. Interested in helping an organization dedicated to improving Japan-US relations? Check out Minae-san's links below to get in contact. Today's phrase:  とんでもありません to-n-de-mo a-ri-ma-se-n Meaning: "it's no big deal" or "you're welcome" Minae-san's links: -email: GENJ.msawai@gmail.com -website: https://www.cgp.org/exchange_network_japan_program -Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GENJofMichigan/ -Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/genj.michigan/ -Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/japan-foundation/ Relevant Episodes: -Volunteer with Minae and Gen-J -Kasia on Hourensou -Making the Most of a Nomikai If you found the information here useful, I hope that you will subscribe for more Japanese language and cultural insights. And if you enjoy the podcast, please consider leaving a review so that other people can find it as well. And of course, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes, please email me at businesssuccessjapan@gmail.com.
57:53
May 4, 2020
Making the Most of a Nomikai
In today's episode, I walk you through what to expect at a Japanese "nomikai" or "drinking-meeting." What should you expect when you're invited to go to an after-work dinner with your Japanese counterparts? What's the point of these after-work activities? And, most importantly, how can you make the most of the time you spend at a nomikai? Today's Word: いいえ i-i-e Meaning: No To learn more: -Business Meeting Basics -How to Behave in a Business Meeting If you found the information here useful, I hope that you will subscribe for more Japanese language and cultural insights. And if you enjoy the podcast, please consider leaving a review so that other people can find it as well. And of course, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes, please email me at businesssuccessjapan@gmail.com.
08:09
April 27, 2020
Kasia on Hourensou: Improving Communication in Japan With... Spinach?
In this episode, Kasia explains the unique approach Japanese companies have toward communication called "hourensou." While the most common definition you'll find for the word is probably "spinach," in business, it takes on a whole new meaning. Today's Phrase: はい ha-i Meaning: Yes To learn even more about hourensou, check out Kasia's awesome blog post: https://www.ikigaiconnections.com/hourensou-it-does-a-business-good/ Learn More/Job Board:https://www.ikigaiconnections.com/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/ikigai-connections If you found the information here useful, please subscribe for more Japanese language and cultural insights. And if you enjoy the podcast, please consider leaving a review so that other people can find it as well. And of course, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes, please email me at businesssuccessjapan@gmail.com.
50:17
April 20, 2020
Shopping in Japan
While in Japan, you will more likely than not have to go shopping at some point. And if you're lucky enough to have some spare time, you may decide to pick up some souvenirs for yourself, your coworkers, or loved ones back home. In today's season finale, I walk you through a few important things to know before heading out to make any purchase, big or small. Today's Phrase: [item] をください ~o ku-da-sa-i Meaning: Please give me [item]. If you found the information here useful, please subscribe for more Japanese language and cultural insights. And if you enjoy the podcast, please consider leaving a review so that other people can find it as well. And of course, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes, please email me at businesssuccessjapan@gmail.com.
07:42
March 16, 2020
Dining in Japanese Restaurants
While you're in Japan, you'll hopefully get the chance to dine out at least a few times. But if you want to do so stress-free, you'll need to be aware of a few key differences and manners. Today we look over some distinct features of Japanese restaurants that will help you focus on what you really want to do: enjoy the food. Today's phrase:  すみません su-mi-ma-se-n Meaning: "excuse me," "I'm sorry" [polite, not honorific] If you found the information here useful, please subscribe for more Japanese language and cultural insights. And if you enjoy the podcast, please consider leaving a review so that other people can find it as well. And of course, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes, please email me at businesssuccessjapan@gmail.com.
07:47
March 10, 2020
Surviving Japan: Bathrooms and Safety
In order to minimize stress and be more effective abroad, it's important to be prepared for the day-to-day situations you're likely to encounter there. Today, I'll share some more information on a few important topics for navigating Japan: bathrooms, crime, and police boxes. Trust me when I say that you don't want to be caught off guard in these areas. Today's phrase: [place/item]はどこですか 〜wa do-ko-de-su-ka Meaning: Where is [place/item]? If you found the information here useful, please subscribe for more Japanese language and cultural insights. And if you enjoy the podcast, please consider leaving a review so that other people can find it as well. And of course, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes, please email me at businesssuccessjapan@gmail.com.
07:51
March 2, 2020
Surviving Japan: Taxis and Money
In order to minimize stress and be more effective abroad, it's important to be prepared for the day-to-day situations you're likely to encounter there. Today, I'll share some information on a few important topics for navigating Japan: dealing with money, and taking a taxi. We will cover additional topics in future episodes, to be sure to subscribe to make sure you have all the essential information you need to survive in Japan. Today's Phrase: おはようございます o-ha-yo-u go-za-i-ma-su Meaning: Good morning. [polite] If you found the information here useful, please subscribe for more Japanese language and cultural insights. And if you enjoy the podcast, please consider leaving a review so that other people can find it as well. And of course, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes, please email me at businesssuccessjapan@gmail.com.
06:41
February 25, 2020
Japanese Body Language
Today we'll go over some of the basics of nonverbal cues in Japan. While they're not unique to business situations, being more aware of this topic will help with all of your interactions in the country. Many of them are quite a bit different than in the West, so please listen and practice as I teach you about Japanese body language and a few important manners. Today’s phrase: こんばんは ko-n-ba-n-wa Meaning: Good evening. If you found the information here useful, please subscribe for more Japanese language and cultural insights. And if you enjoy the podcast, please consider leaving a review so that other people can find it as well. And of course, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes, please email me at businesssuccessjapan@gmail.com.
06:47
February 18, 2020
How to Behave in a Business Meeting
In the previous episode, we looked at some of the more technical aspects of business meetings in Japan. Today, we will continue digging more into the topic, focusing mostly on the more subtle behaviors you should be aware of in a meeting. Non-verbal and social cues are quite different in a Japanese business context than in western countries. So, the more of these details you know and expect to see, the more successful and effective your meeting will be for all involved. Today’s phrase: こんにちは ko-n-ni-chi-wa Meaning: Hello (daytime) If you found the information here useful, I hope that you will subscribe for more Japanese language and cultural insights. And if you enjoy the podcast, please consider leaving a review so that other people can find it as well. And of course, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes, please email me at businesssuccessjapan@gmail.com.
08:06
February 11, 2020
Business Meeting Basics
In today’s episode, we cover some of the basics of what you should expect at a meeting in Japan. While some of the etiquette is probably just common sense in your own country, there are quite a few details that are unique to the Japanese way of doing business. While most of what is covered today wouldn’t be considered a deal-breaker if done incorrectly, it will help your meeting go as smoothly as possible. Also, demonstrating cultural awareness can only help as you work to strengthen your relationships with your Japanese counterparts. Today’s phrase: しつれいします shi-tsu-re-i-shi-ma-su Literally: I am doing [something] rude. Meaning: “Excuse me.” “I’m sorry.” If you found the information here useful, I hope that you will subscribe for more Japanese language and cultural insights. And if you enjoy the podcast, please consider leaving a review so that other people can find it as well. And of course, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes, please email me at businesssuccessjapan@gmail.com.
08:60
February 6, 2020
The Basics of Bowing
Today we look at another essential part of making a good first impression in a Japanese business: bowing etiquette. If you have ever been to Japan or watched anything from or about the country, you may have noticed just how frequently Japanese people bow in social situations. Some of the more common situations where bowing takes place include salutations, apologizing, gratitude, and, of course, when introducing yourself. So today I will walk you through the basic mechanics of how to bow well in Japan. Today’s phrase: a-ri-ga-to-u-go-za-i-ma-su ありがとうございます Meaning: Thank you. [polite] If you found the information here useful, I hope that you will subscribe for more Japanese language and cultural insights. And if you enjoy the podcast, please consider leaving a review so that other people can find it as well. And of course, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please email me at businesssuccessjapan@gmail.com.
08:03
January 28, 2020
Exchanging Business Cards in Japan
Today we’re going talk about something else central to making a great first impression: business cards, or めいし (me-i-shi) in Japanese. While exchanging business cards may be pretty simple in your country, that’s not the case in Japan. Essentially, one’s business card is seen as a representation of the person who is giving it to you, as well as their company. All of the rules associated with business card etiquette discussed in this episode stem from that respect. New phrase: ちょうだいいたします cho-u-da-i-i-ta-shi-ma-su Meaning: I humbly accept [something]. If you found the information here useful, I hope that you will subscribe for more Japanese language and cultural insights. And if you enjoy the podcast, please consider leaving a review so that other people can find it as well. And of course, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please email me at businesssuccessjapan@gmail.com.
07:10
January 21, 2020
Japanese Self-Introduction
We all know that making a good first impression is essential in business. So, if you want to make a positive one in Japan, what better way than to introduce yourself in Japanese? Today, we will look at how to introduce yourself politely in Japan. はじめまして。 Companyのyour nameです。 よろしくおねがいします。 ha-ji-me-ma-shi-te [company] no [your name] de-su yo-ri-shi-ku o-ne-ga-i-shi-ma-su If you found the information here useful, I hope that you will subscribe for more Japanese language and cultural guidance. And if you enjoy the podcast, please consider leaving a review. And of course, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please email me at businesssuccessjapan@gmail.com.
10:23
January 13, 2020