Katayama, Frederick H.
November 1989
Fortune;Fall1989 Asia in the 1990's, Vol. 120 Issue 13, p87
This article presents guidelines for foreigners conducting businesses in Asia. Some of them are: dressing conservatively, being punctual, avoiding physical contact, tipping is less common. In Japan clean socks without holes in the toes are crucial, since shoes come off whenever a person visits someone's home or dine on "tatami" mats in a traditional restaurant. When greeting people, a handshake and a simple nod will suffice. The full bow at the waist in Japan or the graceful, prayer-like folding of hands known as the "wai" in Thailand--are appreciated but not expected of foreigners.


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