This is a really interesting article. I’ve never been to Japan, but I recognise a lot of these characteristics from dramas I’ve watched, especially Angeo and Real Clothes (some of my earliest introductions to dramas).
Having to get overtime approved first is the same in the UK as it is in the US. It’s good to know in Japan that you’ll get paid, but it must be difficult to always keep proper social plans.
I think I would actually like work parties to be more of UK culture. I’ve worked in a lot of offices where most of the staff has been older than me, so it’s been difficult to find chances to socialise apart from Christmas. Also I believe that networking can be really beneficial to careers so it would help to know my colleagues better. But again the impact on personal social plans must again it must be tricky to put work ahead of social life. I’d also worry about how to socialise with my managers.
Hope things remain good for you at the company, looking forward to reading more about it.
I started my first day of working in a Japanese company on December 1st of 2014 and have just completed my first month of work. I had studied about working in Japanese companies in my MBA program in Kyoto, Japan and in University, but none of that could prepare me for the real deal, especially the cultural differences that come with it. While I can deal with many things, because I have lived in Japan for over 2 years now and have studied abroad here 3 times in university, working is a totally different environment. So today, I will be sharing with you some of my experiences from beginning to work at a Japanese company.
The first big difference that I noticed on my first day of work is the office itself. The office is one room with no cubicles, just two rows of desks lined up next to…
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