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posted itemPosted - 27/02/2008 :  11:24:38
City University of Hong Kong Dep

Department of Chinese, Translation and Linguistics
Research Seminar

Japanese Business Culture and Interpersonal Communication

Presented by

Kazuo Nishiyama

Professor Emeritus

Department of Speech Communication, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Date: 18 Mar 2008, Tuesday
Time: 2:00pm - 3:15pm
B5310, (5/F, Blue Zone), Academic Building,CityU


Good understanding of Japanese business culture is critical for successful interpersonal communication with the Japanese. This seminar covers the unique nature of Japanese multinational businesses, personnel management practices of local employees, and influence of Japanese language on face-to-face interpersonal interactions. Some of the topics will be discussed in the contexts of employer vs. employee, salesperson vs. customer, hotel staff vs. hotel guests, and restaurant staff vs. restaurant customers.


Professor Kazuo Nishiyama is an internationally recognized scholar in the field of Japanese language and cultural studies. He is a native of Japan who received higher education in both Japan and the United States. He received his Ph.D. from University of Minnesota in 1970 and subsequently worked for the Department of Speech Communication, University of Hawaii at Manoa, until his retirement in 2000. He taught for The University of Hong Kong as Reader in fall of 1996 and Nanyan Technological University of Singapore as Senior Fellow in spring 1997. He has many publications and articles on the subjects of intercultural communication, tourism communication, business negotiation, and real estate investment. He has been active in research, writing and holding seminars for various academic and business groups. He is now a Professor Emeritus.

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