With the West now taking another look at widespread use of face masks to stop the spread of the new coronavirus, it's worth noting another aspect of Japanese culture that might be keeping the number of infections down: shame.
For Rochelle Kopp's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Organizations in Japan tend not to rely on specialists when it comes to solving in-house problems, which may be a consequence of fostering a workforce of generalists.
Avoiding risks in business can help to keep your company safe, but it also lessens the chance you'll do something truly game-changing.
Japan is a country that prides itself on focusing on the smallest details, so why do incorrect English translations plague signage across the country?
While stories about mandatory heels and a ban on glasses are making the rounds in the media, the reality of working at a Japanese firm when you're a woman is not as bad as you may think.
Coming to a compromise, PowerPoint presentations and group consensus will help you get your way at work over an impressive oral argument.
Insults, physical violence, unreasonable demands — coming from a superior at work these and other types of similar behavior are definitely not allowed.
Back in the bubble period, I was able to get a job at a Japanese bank in Tokyo with language skills that were intermediate at best. With a lot of intensive effort (and classes kindly paid for by my employer) I was able to ...
What should you do when one of your Japanese colleagues makes a problematic comment? Sometimes it's best to keep things light.
When looking for a salary boost at your job it's important to remember that individual effort is appreciated but not necessarily rewarded.