"JAPANESE BUSINESS ETIQUETTE"
When you guys grow up and possibly end up doing business in Japan, you don't want to accidentally harm your deal by breaking a rule of Japanese business etiquette. The Japanese consider their traditions and culture very important, and the business setting is no exception. I thought I might educate you guys on how you can end up successfully having a friendly relationship with the Japanese, in the context of their business traditions. This might not be very important right now in your lives, but it can really become helpful if you do end up in this situation.
Yes, the Japanese have business cards, too!! Though, in Japan, they are called meishi. Generally, one side of the card is printed in Japanese, while the other side is in English. When you accept a business card from someone, take it with both hands at the corners of the business card and put it somewhere safe (Refer to the image below for an example). Don't put them in your pockets or purses, as this may be seen as rude. Don't write on a Japanese person's business card either. Treat it with respect like an extension of the person.
COMMUNICATING WITH THE JAPANESE BUSINESS PEOPLE:
Typically, the Japanese will understand a lot of English, but they do tend to use the whiteboard extensively. Bring hard copies of all business presentations and company literature, which is usually five per meeting. Again, just like anywhere else, stay calm, and be respectful to everyone else in the room.
Do not boast or allow yourself to be perceived to boast. Use an interpreter to preserve your ability to convey nuance, test the waters, and stonewall. Futhermore, don't tell jokes, because the Japanese more than likely will not be able to understand the English involved.
Male individuals should just wear suits with a white t-shirt and a dark tie. Women, nowadays, usually just wear something comfortable. For example, pant suits. Regardless of gender, bring plenty of socks due to the fact that they will be exposed and looked at more than back home. Below are examples of what is appropriate for each gender at a Japanese business meeting:
Overall, it's not that different from business and communication anywhere else in the world. Just remember all these things and you'll set for when you have your own company and your new friend, Japan. Thank you so much for reading. The purpose of me writing this actually was something I read this afternoon. It inspired me for a reason I don't really understand myself. I hope I educated you guys about the customs of Japanese business. It's not much, but I hope you liked it. Thanks, and see you around!!!