BBC Radio 5Live and Observer Newspaper comments on Japanese Business culture, Nissan scandal and diversity

Posted on 26 November 2018 in Cultural Awareness, Japanese Corporate Culture, News, womenomics -

As a specialist in understanding the differences between business cultures of Japan and the West and explaining the distinctions in a way to facilitate better business, I was asked to come into BBC Radio 5 Live’s ‘Wake up to Money’ Show and also submit some comments to the Observer Newspaper in light of the recent Nissan scandal. Inevitably, both sides have very different takes on this-any western reporting of this that seems to blame the situation on Japanese business culture will understandably not go down too well with the Japanese, especially when there are other factors involved re Ghosn’s behaviour that culturally do not fit with However, the universal truth is that it will be seen differently through different cultural lenses. However, my final comments on diversity were important. Getting more females into management and board positions has been shown to improve diversity of opinions and encourage different ways of doing things. Maybe Japan needs to engage its own female labour force to bring about the many reforms that are happening. Links to articles and radio show are above.

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