China: Connecting the world, keeping values and progressing into 2025 like no other region

China has been in the news for many reasons lately. Here is a quick run down with links to some sources and more in-depth articles. The traditional Chinese thinking and planning is done with 100’s of years in sight. The China 2025 lists Information Technology, Robotics and Green Energy & Green Vehicles as the top three industries as the key government focus. The picture below depicts the routes of the

Corporate culture in Shanghai

As we travel to do business in Asian countries, it is important that we note the differences in business culture from country to country. Of course we know the famous example of the two-handed business card receipt, but some values that not as notable in the US business culture will prove important during our business interactions abroad. We have also discussed the importance of relationship. While we will not be

The Japanese Emperor and the Government

This is an interesting and important subject to cover given that Japan is currently going through an imperial transition. Its current emperor, Emperor Akihito, is expected to abdicate his position on 30 April 2019 to his eldest son, who will soon become Emperor Naruhito. With this imperial transition, there will also be a change of era from “Heisei” to “Reiwa.” This is an opportunity for us to understand the structure

Japan and Earthquakes

Resulting from its geological location within the Pacific “ring of fire,” earthquakes are frequent and widespread. Consequently, all of Japan’s coastal areas are at risk from storm and tsunami. In the 1830’s, the Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai depicted the greatness of the sea in a woodblock print called “The Great Wave off Kanagawa,” which is one of the most recognizable works of Japanese art in the world. Although most of

Japanese Holidays

The Japanese are known for their work ethic, but they have a tremendous amount of national holidays as well.  If a holiday falls on a Sunday, the following Monday is also recognized as a holiday.  Additionally, if, somehow, a day is sandwiched between two holidays it will also be turned into a holiday.  Take a look below for a brief overview of the nationally recognized Japanese holidays. Coming of Age

China digitizes at lightning speed

The hottest topic in technology today is 5G. It’s a lightning-speed technology that will change the way we consume content and interact with the digital world. While many companies are leading the way in 5G, China has become one of the first homes to a 5G experience beginning in Tian’anmen Square in Beijing. A historical and political spot, the square is now the first “Smart Square” thanks to a Beijing


Nominication It is probably more common to drink with your coworkers in Japan than it is in the US. In fact, it can be an unspoken rule in some companies. Many of them consider dining and drinking after work to be an important way to enhance relationships between coworkers and even with superiors. This part of the culture is so common that it has its own name – nomikai or nominication