Things you want to observe and learn as a foreign new grad in a Japanese company

Jan 29th, 2016 Articles

One of my dear friends in Japan is graduating this April, and is seeking some advice on what to do and what to learn after entering the company he’ll work for after his graduation. My general advice is to observe, engage, and learn. We can separate the learning process into two categories; tangibles and non-tangibles. Hence, what this article is about. (with a couple of extra…

The Difference Between Western and Japanese Email

Dec 30th, 2015 Articles

One of my Senpais (Senpai [先輩]: Senior), just out of the blue the other day showed me this image and asked me what would be my explanation. My answer is as below. I’ll try to be unbiased in explaining this.   The short answer There is a social template that the Japanese cannot defy due to some cultural and mental restrictions. Whilst the Singaporean email…