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日本の独特な企業文化 [働き方編・キャリア編・上下関係編]





  1. 働き方
  2. キャリア
  3. 人間関係
  1. 働き方



2. キャリア


3. 人間関係



Japanese corporate culture is often more different from other countries than you think.

Japanese corporate culture is very unique and may differ from the corporate culture you are used to in your home country. In order to prevent embarrassment and mistakes, let’s go over the main differences. 

In this article, work life, career paths, and human relations unique to Japan will be introduced.

Table of Contents

  1. Work life
  2. Career Path
  3. Human Relations
  1. Work life

Within Japanese companies, teamwork tends to be emphasized more than individual work. To make the most out of teamwork, smooth communication is key. Especially at the beginning of your career, a communication method called ‘hou ren sou” is emphasized in Japan. The ‘hou ren sou’ communication method is an abbreviation for Houkoku, renraku, soudan”. Hou (報) which stands for houhoku meaning reporting, ren (連) which stands for renraku meaning communication, and sou (相) which stands for soudan meaning consultation are thought to be the key steps to when communicating with a senior employee. 

In addition to communication, being punctual is very important. If you have a meeting or an appointment, be sure to be more than 5 minutes early! 

2. Career path

In Japan, there are still many companies that still adopt a seniority system. This means that no matter how well you perform, when you are young, you will not be paid more than those who are older than you. However, this tradition has been changing in recent years. Many companies are shifting from a seniority-based system to a performance-based system, so it is important to check in advance what kind of career path you can take at the company you are interested in beforehand. 

3. Human Relations

In Japan, hierarchical relationships have been strictly enforced since long ago, and even today, the relationship between seniors and juniors is clear and strict. When dealing with older people or people who have been working for a longer time than you, be careful about your language and etiquette. There are various types of honorific words in Japanese, such as teinei-go (words that express respect for the listener or reader by being polite to them.), kenjyo-go (words that show respect for others by expressing oneself and one’s actions in a humble way.), and sonkei-go (words that show respect for the other person’s actions or the person itself), so knowing how to use and differentiate them beforehand will make communication easier and much more efficient!