The International Move is also available with a special, individually researched section that includes detailed cultural and business information on selected host countries.
A pratical guide to Japan with specifics on understanding the religious tradition and culture that shapes their daily lives and all business transactions.
Basics such as your entry and customs requirements, pets, climate, healthcare, banking and taxes, housing, servants, schools and meeting people, start the book.
Phrases to know, as well as an explanation of etiquette, local accommodations, transportation-both public and private, are covered.
Specific information for those in business explains the local corporate culture, organizational structures and how women figure into the business operations.
Media, air and print, mail, legal systems and how to give gifts are covered. As is tipping and where to shop and tour, the sports and entertainment to be found.
Contacts for specific expatriate information is highlighted.
A portion of the detailed section on education:
Japan has a literacy rate of 99%. They are the best-educated people in the world. The literacy rate in the U.S. is 96%, South Korea is 92% and China is 75%.
Competition between students to excel in their studies and achieve the opportunity to climb the ladder of success has replaced Japan's original way of being born into a position.
Education in Japan includes six years of elementary school, three years of junior high, three years of senior high school and four years of college. The first nine years are compulsory. Those who continue take vigorious tests to enter high school and college. Over half of the students attend juka or "cram school." The students are required to learn 1,850 Japanese written characters, which helps them read newspapers but are not enough to read textbooks.
Entrance to the prestigious universities is extremely difficult and called "examination hell." Only a few are accepted as students each year. Students may elect to go to public or private high schools and universities.
Japanese students refer to their teachers (sensei) with a special sense of respect, obligation and deference to their judgement, whether professional or personal. Teachers exercise a lot of influence over their students and give life guidance to students with problems. They impress their students with the importance of the individual's responsibility to the group.
There are no janitors in Japanese schools. The children do the cleaning and you will not find any graffiti on walls or any vandalism. Japanese youngsters know that the status they ultimately achieve will be determined by the university they manage to get into. Each year Japanese corporations and government agencies have competitive examinations to select the small yearly intake of the newly graduated. Students have to be invited to take the exams, and invitations are extended only to graduates of a selected list of universities. Japan has 420 universities but about a dozen are considered to be in a class by themselves.
The top one is Tokyo University or Todai. Another is Kyoto University. In order to be admitted to Tokyo University, the only thing that matters is how the applicant does on the entrance exams.
Japanese children are under pressure from kindergarten. They go to school 5-1/2 days a week for 240 days per year. (The United States has a 180-day school year.) The academic achievement required of children in Japan is very high. A Japanese businessman with school age children will even reject a promotion if it would require him to move to a school district that is less desirable.
Japan lacks sufficient graduate schools of distinction so most students take their graduate programs abroad.
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