Communication with Japanese people often requires some adjustments for Westerners due to the contrasting cultural values and communication styles. This entry begins with a brief history of Japanese people and their use of language, both written and verbal. Next is a discussion of three religions or belief systems and their impact on communication styles and values, followed by a description of the importance of hierarchy, interdependence, and reciprocity. This entry concludes with an explanation of specific communication styles (high/low context and direct/indirect) and how these styles enhance the importance of harmony in Japanese relationships.

Japanese People

The origin of the Japanese people is not clear. Most people migrated into Japan from China, Korea, Mongolia, Siberia, Southeast Asia, Polynesia, and many other islands of the Pacific thousands of ...

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