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Publisher Comments:

This book is a study of Japanese society through the understanding of the key terms and concepts that define their attitudes and behaviors.

Westerners have traditionally been intrigued by Japanese attitudes and behaviors which have been perceived as ranging from cute, quaint, and seductive to strange and sometimes savage. The traditional dual character of the Japanese is generally attributed to cultural conditioning—strict conformity to standards set by the ruling powers and to sanctified custom—at the expense of individuality and personal freedom. Since World War II, the traditional conditioning and orientation of the Japanese has diminished and continuing influence from the West has wrought fundamental changes in the attitudes and behavior of the Japanese. Nevertheless, Japan's traditional culture is still so powerful that it continues to be the prevailing force in molding and tuning the national character of the Japanese, with the result that they still have two faces—one modern and rational, the other traditional and emotional.

The best and fastest way to an understanding of the traditional and emotional side of Japanese attitudes and behavior is through their "business and cultural code words"—key terms that reveal, in depth, their psychology and philosophy. In 234 essays, arranged alphabetically from "Ageashi / Tripping on Your Own Tongue" to "Zenrei / Breaking the Molds of the Past". Long term expatriate and internationally renowned expert on Japan, Boye Lafayette De Mente offers personal insights into the extremes of Japanese behavior and into the dynamics of one of the world's most fascinating societies.

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Westerners are often puzzled by the dual-nature character of most Asian cultures. To the outsider, the Japanese frequently seem to have two sides--one modern and rational, the other traditional and emotional. De Mente has been involved with Japan since 1949, and has written some 30 books on the country and its culture. He draws on that long experience in explaining to Westerners key Japanese business and cultural code words, providing readers with an understanding of the emotional and traditional side of Japanese attitudes and behavior. This resource text will be useful to Western businesspeople, educators, travelers, and others interacting with Japanese people, either at home or during business in or travel to Japan. No subject index.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

A must have collection of key terms for understanding Japanese business behavior.

Synopsis:

Westerners have traditionally been intrigued by Japanese attitudes and behaviors which have been perceived as ranging from cute, quaint, and seductive to strange and sometimes savage. The traditional dual character of the Japanese is generally attributed to cultural conditioning—strict conformity to standards set by the ruling powers and to sanctified custom—at the expense of individuality and personal freedom. Since World War II, the traditional conditioning and orientation of the Japanese has diminished and continuing influence from the West has wrought fundamental changes in the attitudes and behavior of the Japanese. Nevertheless, Japan's traditional culture is still so powerful that it continues to be the prevailing force in molding and tuning the national character of the Japanese, with the result that they still have two faces—one modern and rational, the other traditional and emotional.

The best and fastest way to an understanding of the traditional and emotional side of Japanese attitudes and behavior is through their "business and cultural code words"—key terms that reveal, in depth, their psychology and philosophy. In 234 essays, arranged alphabetically from "Ageashi / Tripping on Your Own Tongue" to "Zenrei / Breaking the Molds of the Past", old Japan hand Boye Lafayette De Mente offers personal insights into the extremes of Japanese behavior and into the dynamics of one of the world's most fascinating societies.

Synopsis:

Western perceptions of Japanese attitudes and behavior range from cute, quaint, and seductive to strange and sometimes savage. The best and fastest way to understand the dual nature of Japanese attitudes and behavior is through their business and cultural code words--key terms that reveal, in-depth, Japanese psychology and philosophy. In 234 essays, Japan culture expert, Boye Lafayette De Mente offers personal insights into the extremes of Japanese behavior and into the dynamics of one of the world's most fascinating societies.

About the Author

Boye Lafayette De Mente (b. 1928) is a US-based Japanologist who has been involved with Japan since 1949 as a member of an American intelligence agency, student, employee of Japanese companies, trade journalist and consultant. He is the author of more than 30 books on Japan, Korea and China, including the first ever on the Japanese way of doing business: Japanese Etiquette & Ethics in Business (1959) and How to Do Business with the Japanese (1962).

Product Details

ISBN:
9780804835749
Author:
De Mente, Boye
Publisher:
Tuttle Publishing
Author:
De Mente, Boye Lafayette
Author:
Mente, Boye Lafayette De
Subject:
General
Subject:
Communication
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
General Social Science
Subject:
Japanese language
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Japanese language -- Terms and phrases.
Subject:
Japan Social life and customs Terminology.
Subject:
Communication Studies
Subject:
Intercultural Communications-General
Subject:
Non-Classifiable
Subject:
japanese tradition; japanese culture; japanese customs; japanese business; business in japan
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series:
No Series
Publication Date:
20040531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
316
Dimensions:
900x600

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"Synopsis" by ,
A must have collection of key terms for understanding Japanese business behavior.
"Synopsis" by , Westerners have traditionally been intrigued by Japanese attitudes and behaviors which have been perceived as ranging from cute, quaint, and seductive to strange and sometimes savage. The traditional dual character of the Japanese is generally attributed to cultural conditioning—strict conformity to standards set by the ruling powers and to sanctified custom—at the expense of individuality and personal freedom. Since World War II, the traditional conditioning and orientation of the Japanese has diminished and continuing influence from the West has wrought fundamental changes in the attitudes and behavior of the Japanese. Nevertheless, Japan's traditional culture is still so powerful that it continues to be the prevailing force in molding and tuning the national character of the Japanese, with the result that they still have two faces—one modern and rational, the other traditional and emotional.

The best and fastest way to an understanding of the traditional and emotional side of Japanese attitudes and behavior is through their "business and cultural code words"—key terms that reveal, in depth, their psychology and philosophy. In 234 essays, arranged alphabetically from "Ageashi / Tripping on Your Own Tongue" to "Zenrei / Breaking the Molds of the Past", old Japan hand Boye Lafayette De Mente offers personal insights into the extremes of Japanese behavior and into the dynamics of one of the world's most fascinating societies.

"Synopsis" by , Western perceptions of Japanese attitudes and behavior range from cute, quaint, and seductive to strange and sometimes savage. The best and fastest way to understand the dual nature of Japanese attitudes and behavior is through their business and cultural code words--key terms that reveal, in-depth, Japanese psychology and philosophy. In 234 essays, Japan culture expert, Boye Lafayette De Mente offers personal insights into the extremes of Japanese behavior and into the dynamics of one of the world's most fascinating societies.
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