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Transcript of Japan
By Analucia Yanar and Amalie Rosales
protocol- first time meeting
parliament is called the Diet. It consists of the House of Representatives (480 members) and the House of Councillors (242 members). The members of the Diet are elected by the Japanese people.
The cabinet is headed by the Prime Minister. The cabinet further consists of the ministers which are appointed by the prime minister and are usually members of the Diet. The prime minister is elected by the Diet.
The highest court is the Supreme Court. Other courts are district courts, high courts, family courts, and summary courts. Judges are appointed by the cabinet.
The minimum voting age is 20 years. Women received the right to vote with the postwar constitution. Elections for the House of Representatives are carried out every four years, and half of the House of Councillors is elected every three years. Beside the national elections there are prefectural and municipal elections.
The Emperor does not have any effective power but is only the symbol of the state.
Population growth rate: -0.13%
0-14 years: 13.2% (male 8,681,728/female 8,132,809)
15-24 years: 9.7% (male 6,429,429/female 5,890,991)
25-54 years: 38.1% (male 23,953,643/female 24,449,655)
55-64 years: 13.2% (male 8,413,872/female 8,400,953)
65 years and over: 25.8% (male 14,218,655/female 18,531,653)
Average income: $38,633.70
Religion: Shinto and Buddhism
Prime Min.: Yoshihiko Noda
Dep. Prime Min.: Katsuya Okada
Ambassador to the US: Ichiro Fujisaki
Chief Cabinet Sec. Osamu Fujimura
Extra demographic information
California's: 38.8 million
Tokyo 37.217 million
Cali:163,696 sq. mi.
Japan:145,925 sq. mi.
Mother's mean age at first birth is 30
Life expectancy at birth:
male: 81.13 years
female: 87.99 years
Ethnic languages onislands:
-Industries in the country
copper, iron and steel
When introducing yourself to a Japanese business person, do not shake their hands. It is not correct to shake their hands while meeting them for the first time(Japanese people rarely shake hands).
Never pat them on the back.
Never talk bad about anyone, especially the competition and employees.
Do not ask them about their family, or something including their private life
Bowing is always appropriate
Try to not touch, because it is very frowned upon for people of the opposite sex to touch in public.
Long skirt suits (both seasonal colors)
Most companies do not allow women to wear jewelry, but if allowed, try to minimize the jewelry.
No short skirts
Most companies also do not allow high heeled shoes
Hair would be most preferable to be dark, short, or tied back.
Dark suits (navy or black)
Do not wear a black suit, a white shirt and a black tie because that is funeral attire.
Hairstyles for men are typically short, unless you are a president, or someone important then pony tails are acceptable.
Beards are not allowed
No shaved heads
Protocol- gift giving
Always accept a gift with the right hand, or both hands.
When giving a gift, always buy a quality gift.
Never buy anything that would offend the person.
Always wrap the gift.
Gifts are usually given at the end of the event.
Never give a gifts in an odd numbers, or in four.
Good gift ideas are top choice beef, alcohol, and fruit.
Always call 1 or 2 hours before the appointment to make sure they have you in for the appointment.
Always arrive 15-10 minutes early.
Be prepared, make sure you have everything memorized, and be familiar with the company.
Business entertaining has become a popular/very large expense in Japanese companies.
Most business spend about $500-$1,500 on one person.
"..you must entertain customers if you want to succeed doing business in Japan.." is a very popular quote in the Japanese business, entertaining is very important to companies.
Starting around 710, Japan has founded a rich history, throughout which several periods, including the Nara, Heian, and Kamakura, established how business and government was done. However, the modern period started with Emperor Meiji. Meiji moved the center of Japanese government from Kyoto to Tokyo in the late 1800's. This sent Japan on a course of modernization, transforming it from a feudal society to an industrialized nation in the course of only a few decades. Influence of Western culture flooded into Japan at a rapid tempo, including Western dress, food, architecture, industry, and more. After WWII, a democratic constitution was adopted that, among other things, demanded that power resided with the people, denounced war, and guaranteed human rights as inviolable. In 1964, Tokyo hosted the Summer Olympic Games, broadcasting to the world that Japan was indeed a modern, industrialized nation.