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In this volume, Gudykunst applies his world-renowned approach to intercultural communication to the specifics of Japanese//North American communication. After laying out the basic theories of intercultural communication, the authors explain the similarities and differences in patterns of communication in Japan and the United States. They then demonstrate how an understanding of these contrasting patterns can help Japanese and North Americans communicate more effectively. By examining issues such as attitudes and stereotypes, ways to deepen the understanding of Japanese behaviour are suggested. Also discussed are the factors that influence motivation, knowledge and skills to increase communication effectiveness.

Cultural Similarities and Differences between the United States and Japan
Cultural similarities and differences between the United States and Japan

In order to communicate more effectively, we need to understand how the cultures of Japan and the United States are similar and different. Without understanding the nature of the two cultures, it is impossible to explain communication patterns in Japan and the United States. We begin by defining culture. Next we look at how cultures differ. Our focus is on isolating dimensions on which the United States and Japan can be compared (i.e., an etic analysis). This is necessary to explain cultural similarities and differences. We believe, however, that it also is important to incorporate cultural specific information to fully understand the two cultures. We conclude ...

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