When "Yes" Means "No": Cross-Cultural Communications Strategies for HR Professionals

  • 22 Sep 2010
  • 18:30 - 20:29
  • Shinagawa East One Tower, 21F, Small Conference Rm. # 1 (http://www.e-onetower.com/access/index.html)


  • *Inclusive of 5% sales tax.
  • *Inclusive of 5% sales tax.

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Participants' Feedback:

"The discussion at the of the presentation was GREAT!!"

"The seminar provided good information but what was more helpful was the exchange we had at the end. That discussion, led by a few non-Japanese participants, helped to focus or make more real the concepts given in the lecture part."
"Thought provoking. Lively. Engaging."

"How I wish we have more time for more discussion!"

"My take-away: RESPECT--the key to effective cross-cultural communications."

Due to strong members' requests, this Event is not open to external or 3rd party recruiters/headhunters EXCEPT for JHRS Premium Staffing Professionals only.

You've studied English or Japanese for years.  Yet you still can't get your message across. Why? Are you not studying hard enough? Is learning a language too difficult?
No. You're likely haven't learned the key to language fluency: Cultural Communications.
Japanese people who try to communicate with Westerners in a Japanese style run the risk of being misunderstood. The same is true for Westerners in Japan. Cultures communicate differently. You must learn more than grammar and vocabulary to become an international business leader.   
In this seminar, Mike DeJong, President, Arigato Communications will help you understand the differences between Eastern and Western communication styles and how you can develop effective cultural communications strategies so that you won't get misunderstood again. He will focus on topics like directness vs. indirectness, formality vs. informality and high vs. low context communication. He will also explain why it's often a good idea to question your boss, teacher or business clients.

Join us in this very engaging, fun, and interactive event while allowing you to network with your fellow HR professionals.


Combination of light meals/drinks, networking, and speaker presentation, and audience participation followed by an open forum and sharing session.

Who should attend
  • Company Heads (Presidents, Country Managers, GMs)
  • HR Heads (HR Vice Presidents, HR Directors)
  • HR Professionals who regularly interact with foreign bosses, regional or global counterparts
  • Or any one who is interested in developing effective cross-cultural communication skills

  When          Sept. 22, 2010 (Wed)                          

  Time           18:30-20:30 (Doors open at 18:15)

  Location      Shinagawa EastOne Tower, 21F

  Admission   ¥4,200 (for JHRS Associate & Virtual Members)
                    ¥2,100 (for JHRS Premium Members)   

SIGN-UP NOW as this event is limited to 30 pax due to venue limitations. Buffet-style, light dinner and drinks will be served.


1. Members can bring guests of their own.
2. Please let us know if you have allergic tendencies towards foods/drinks.
3. Cancellation Policy: All registration payments are final. No refunds will be made for cancellation or no-shows.
4. RSVP Deadline: On or before September 15, 2010 as there is limited capacity.

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