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Philip Lafeber


Are you doing business with the Japanese? Do you wonder how to approach them, what to do and what not to do? I am happy to provide some advice.

Experience in the area

I have worked for a Japanese company for 6 years and taught myself how to work with the Japanese and also some of the Japanese language. Also, my wife is Japanese, which is why I have also learnt about Japanese in private life.


None. All based on experience.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

One day, I will speak the language fluently. It will take a while, since this is a very peculiar language to learn with quite different rules. Also, I would like to be able to work as a liaison one day, for delegations to Japan or Japanese organisations. That will require serious knowledge of details about customs and culture.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Every culture known in the world has been influenced by others. For the Japanese culture, this has happened differently from any other culture in the world because of 200 years of closing the coutnry to the outside world. After this, it very worked very hard to become a Western type of country. This makes the Japanese culture to me the most special and interesting cultures in the world

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2016-03-19 cultural differnces:

Hello Adam,  It is a universal truth that each individual is different. However, where an individual grows up influences how he thinks and what he believes. In Japan, people grow up to believe that individuals

2014-10-01 Face Masks in Japan:

Hi Harry,  Thanks for this question. This is indeed a typical sight in Japan. Indeed, in China you see a lot of these masks because of air pollution. In Japan, it's because of another reason. When people

2014-04-27 Japanese Culture:

Hello Geoff,  If I understand you correctly, you are interested in the classic history of Japan; the time of emperors, samurai, no theater, temples, rice farming, and so on. Is that correct?    If that

2014-04-09 Japanese culture vs Western culture:

Hi,  Your message came in as a follow up question. From what I can read you wanted to give feedback on my answers. Thanks for that. I clicked a button for a 'You're welcome message' but this is automated

2014-04-08 Japanese culture vs Western culture:

Hello Sam,  How nice of you to choose this subject. You are indeed quite correct on the findings that you listed. Let's take this one step further, shall we? Then you can hand in a sound report.  Did you


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