This month, the Department of Asian Studies hosted a guest lecture focused on Japanese culture and etiquette for students enrolled in the Introduction to Asian Cultures undergraduate course. The course introduces students to key features of China, Japan and other Asian countries, with a focus on communication and negotiation strategies. Cultural differences, language, social interaction, management practices, government and diplomacy are topics that are covered through the semester, with the intention of developing students’ capability to be effective in a cultural and business sense in Asia.
Throughout the semester the department invites relevant guest speakers to share their experience working within an Asian context. As our guest speaker for Japan, Shinka Management Director and university alumni Dr Paul Smith led a discussion with students on the topic of doing business with the Japanese. The guest lecture introduced the key skills required for successfully negotiating Japan from a business perspective, including coverage of key characteristics of Japanese culture, management practices and business customs.