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The Cultural Analysis
History
• Japan is an island in Asia with about 120 million people. Because it is such a mountainous country, you will find most of the population centered in specific areas, mainly Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka, and Nagoya.

• The first permanent capital was founded in 710 at Nara
• Some japanes period are : Heian period , Kamakura period, Muromachi period, AzuchiMomoyama period, Edo period, Meji Period, Taisho period , Showa period and Heisei period. • The U.S. occupied Japan until 1952. After 1955, it enjoyed very high economic growth rates, and became a world economic powerhouse, especially in engineering, automobiles and electronics.

Geography

Japan consists of over 3,000 islands that
extend from the northeast to southwest.
Most of the population centered in specific
areas, mainly Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka, and
Nagoya.
It is a mountainous country.

Social Institutions
• Business hours might be 9-5, but most people don't follow this, and meetings can frequently go later.
• Lunchtime is generally 12-1.
• you need to be punctual.
• The Japanese are among the most literate peoples in the world.

Religion

Shinto and Buddhism are Japan's two major
religions. Shinto is as old as the Japanese
culture, while Buddhism was imported from
the mainland in the 6th century.
Most Japanese consider themselves
Buddhist, Shintoist or both.

Living
Conditions
The Japanese standard of living is very high.
Material possessions are comparable to
those in the United States, and the general
safety of Japanese city streets adds a sense
of well-being. The major problems are
restricted living space and the limited
personal time left by demanding work and
study hours.
Housing is a major problem in Japan's
crowded cities. While Japanese prefer singlefamily houses, the enormous cost of land prevents them from having a real yard as
many as forty houses may be built on one
acre.

Clothing,
Recreation
and Sports

Traditional clothing is the kimono. The
Japanese people are fans of television and
have more television sets per person than do
Americans. Family dramas are also popular.
Historical dramas often feature stories about
samurai.
The Japanese are great sports enthusiasts.
Japan's traditional martial arts such as judo,
karate, or archery and baseball are popular.

Social security
and Health Care
Social security programs in Japan are designed to
guarantee a minimum standard of living and to
protect citizens from certain types of social and
economic risk.
The social security system consists of four major
components: public assistance, social insurance,
social welfare services, and public health
maintenance.
Japanese population rising rapidly because of a
falling birth rate and increasing life spans, it is
inevitable that the total population will soon begin
to fall.
Their monthly contributions to medical insurance
are deducted directly from their paycheck. If you
are a self-employed person working in Japan, you
need to enroll in the National Health

Language

The Japanese language is essentially spoken
only in Japan. It is an Altaic language and its
nearest relative is Korean.
It is not related to Chinese, but writing was
learned from China

Business
Customs
An understanding of Japanese business and social
practices is useful, is required in establishing and
maintaining successful relationships for doing
business in Japan.
One should not assume that because meetings and
correspondence are carried out in English that
Western social and business norms apply.
Japanese society is complex, structured, hierarchical
and group-oriented. Group decision-making is
important in Japan and has been generally described
as a “bottom up” exercise rather than “top down.
Japanese bow when greeting each other but will
expect to shake hands with foreign executives.
Generally speaking, Japanese are weaker at hearing
and speaking English, and more...
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