johnhh - 11:39 pm on Jul 8, 2013 (gmt 0)
Whole article in my Sunday paper here in the UK today, yawn.
It's about respect, even if you are not talking to the check-out girl/boy, which I always try to do and maybe make their boring day slightly less boring, she/he is serving you and deserves attention, rather like a waiter.
actually I spent about 3-4 years+ dealing with Japanese corporations , our lawyer even bought a book 'How to deal with the Japanese'. In a meeting take their card, bow slightly. Next problem, who is who, lay their cards out opposite the person who gave them to you, it will be in English one side, Japanese the other. Watch out for surnames called Tanarka ( if I recall correctly ) it's like Smith in English ! They also respect honesty , even if it's not what they want to hear, so don't hold back, just be polite ( as you should be to the check-out person )
I heard when a Japanese businessman hands you their business card, if you don't focus on it and appear interested and reading it, it's an insult.