Please bring your own case scenario. We will examine this together; analysing the Japanese approach, reflecting on your approach, comparing/contrasting both, before then integrating the two mind-sets to create your own path for cooperation.

Here are some examples of topics that might come up in our session when examining your case.


  • Japanese business culture – the key aspects and reasons for such behaviour
  • Business etiquette of being “polite” – is it all about bowing?
  • Communication for mutual understanding – is what they say, what they mean?
  • Your business setting – how can I handle…
    • meeting and video conferences
    • presentation of training sessions
    • leading Japanese teams
    • anything else?


  • Negotiation – do we have enough supporters?
  • Decision making – is everyone happy?
  • Team-building – is working together enjoyable?
  • Mediation – what’s the issue?
  • Building trust – sounds good, but how?
  • Anything else?

Please feel free to contact me if you would like to arrange a meeting to discuss the application of Kaizen practice in developing good cooperation. I would be delighted to support you in making a positive impact.

Yuki Itakura | 板倉ユキ