Pre-Departure Handbook for Upjohn Japan
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While living in Japan the author earned extra spending money giving English lessons to a house wife who lived in the neighborhood. She writes, “Often I found that I began to teach her as much about American culture to improve her English conversation skills as I did about English grammar patterns. I began finding myself spending more than half of the time of a lesson discussing American culture, etiquette and nonverbal communication. This is because I believe that language and vocabulary are only part of the problem of cross cultural communication. Too often, I believe, Americans assume that having a good interpreter and translator is all that is necessary to bridge the communication gap in an international setting. I would like to argue that this way of thinking is the same as assuming that having a good architect is all that is necessary to building a good house.” Using this principle, the author created this handbook is an attempt to brief businessmen before going to Japan for a short visit. It is a set of survival skills and general rules that can make life easier for American and the Japanese host. This is meant to teach the bare minimum one should know about visiting Japan.