Japanese Jobs 202

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JJ202 is a standalone course that provides the foundational knowledge for working with Japanese individuals. This course will give you a deeper understanding into how business typically works, and knowing this will help you become a better kakehashi (“bridge”) between the US and Japan.

Note: the focus is on Japanese jobs in the US, but this can be applied to Japanese jobs in most other countries.


  • Japanese Business Etiquette: general overview
  • High/Low Context Societies: why is this even important to know in business?
  • Harmony: digging into how harmony plays out in business, plus understanding Uchi/Soto & Honne/Tatemae
  • Hourensou: good communication for more effective results
  • Nemawashi: secret key to decision-making
  • Kikubari & Customer Service: going above and beyond
  • Utilization: take action!

Is It For You?

  • Japanese language level: zero and up
  • Japanese business knowledge: zero and up
  • Career level: 
    • high school/college student: if you want to be better prepared for a future career
    • entry-level: if you want to find that Japan-related job in the US
    • JET/MEXT returnee: good review of things you may have noticed in Japan
    • mid-career: if you want to finally use the knowledge gained from a previous college course or Japan program in a current or new career

Note to employers: This course is good for any new hire that may need to brush up on their Japanese business culture skills, or for any current employees that have Japan-related experience but don’t use it yet.

How Long Is The Course?

Total instruction time: approximately 50 minutes of short videos.

You will receive supplemental information and optional exercises, as well.

The Instructor

Photo of Kasia from Ikigai Connections

Hi, I’m Kasia!

I am a trilingual American who spent 8 years in Japan, including high school, college, graduate school and my professional career. I earned my Bachelorโ€™s from Boston University and Masterโ€™s from Tokyoโ€™s Ochanomizu University. 

My career utilizing Japanese language and cultural skills began in 2003 with concert promotion, and later moved to interpreting/ translating, electronics and automotive. I was able to do this while living in Japan, Poland, Italy and the US. Learn more here.

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