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In Japan, someone who talks too much is someone not to be trusted, someone who is trying to conceal that they know nothing. In contrast, in the U.S., if one doesn't speak up, that can be a problem - particularly for Japanese students in U.S. law schools. In Japan, it is a sign of respect to elders not to speak because elders are always wiser. These are a few of the examples cited by Glen Fukushima in a fascinating program on September 5.

Mr. Fukushima described how historical, political, economic, social, cultural and psychological differences impede effective communication between Americans and Japanese. The languages of the two countries are so dissimilar that finding exact conceptual equivalents can be impossible, even with the help of the best interpreters.

Mr. Fukushima offered insight drawn from many years in Japan as a lawyer, journalist, educator, trade negotiator, and businessman. He is President and CEO of Cadence Design Systems, Japan, Ltd. and former President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan.
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