Cross-Cultural Education for Foreigners New to Japan

One time when I gave a talk on cross cultural education in Japan, a participant asked me:

“I didn’t have the luxury of coming to Japan for a homestay or schooling where most adjusted foreigners seemed to learn first hand about Japanese cultural norms. Since I arrived to Japan only for work, how am I supposed to know what the cultural norms are especially if Japanese people feel uncomfortable being open to showing me?”

Meanwhile, the challenge I hear from companies that hire foreigners is this:

“Our foreign employees are having trouble adjusting well culturally. We aren’t sure how to help them and don’t know if we should take action before or after the probation period.“

The best way to solve these challenges for both the employee and the corporation is to add a cross-cultural education workshop to the onboarding process. By the end of the session, employees will have the tools and understanding they needs to work together with people who share different values from their own, and to know what kind of behavior is appropriate in social circumstances.

Cross-Cultural Education Program Overview

During the course of a half-day workshop, we will cover the following points and how they apply to Japan:

  • Values on Indirect-Communication vs Direct Communication

  • Values around Group vs Individualistic Thinking

  • Values around Rules vs Inclusive Mentalities

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Katheryn Gronauer - Expat Transition Facilitator  I’ve helped thousands of foreigners with culture and lifestyle in Japan, and I am an ATD certified program trainer.

Katheryn Gronauer - Expat Transition Facilitator

I’ve helped thousands of foreigners with culture and lifestyle in Japan, and I am an ATD certified program trainer.