Would Anyone Care to Join Me in Death?
Much has been written about suicide in Japan. It is a terrifying subject. Since 1998, at least 30,000 Japanese a year have died by their own hand. In the late 1990s a prime cause was held to be a seemingly intractable economic slump. Even after the slump ended at last, however, the suicides continued, and continue still.
A survey released in May by the government’s Cabinet Office deflates hope of a downturn anytime soon. Among its findings: nearly one Japanese adult in five has at one time or another seriously contemplated suicide. An obvious question is, why?
Working with Japan
Making A Good First Impression
By Patricia Pringle
In Japanese business, formal in tro ductions mark the transition from stranger to potential business partner. First meetings are so special for the Japanese that the greeting, “Hajimemashite,” which literally means, “It is the first time,” is only used on this occasion. There is only one time to say “Hajimemashite.” Once done, it cannot be done over. There is no “reset” button. It is, as the Japanese say, “Ichi-go ichi-e,” (one chance in a lifetime). The formal exchange of business cards gives tangible expression to this important occasion.
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