Culture and values of every country has been different so it is very important to understand it if a business want to succeed in that country. Japan is one of the strongest economy in the world as well as the richest economy in the continent Asia. Japanese people give value to their culture and tradition so it is important for western business organization to adapt them according to the Japanese way of doing work. If you are Arranging seats for a meeting with Japanese care must be taken because culture and tradition is very important for them. There are some tips that a business organization must keep in mind while arranging seats for a meeting with Japanese. First of all Japanese people don’t like casual dressing in their offices. They want people to dress up properly and work like a professionals. Most American people take too much time to adjust in the Japanese environment as they love to work in casual attire.
The other point on which an individual or an organization must focus is the sitting arrangement. You must not sit anywhere in the conference room, seats must be arrange according to the status of officials either it is a small meeting or meeting at high level. Size and number of seats depends on the type of meeting. You may use round table and rectangular as well but it all depends on the nature of meeting.
In Japan it is tradition that you must wait for the top status person or chief guest to be sited first and than you should sit if you are the host. And make sure that people with high rank would sit close to each other. In start of meeting with japans people you must serve them with simple water and must serve alcoholic drinks with dinner or after dinner because they used to drink alcoholic drink and make sure that you must drink as well. It is suggested that you must give them gift as well because they will get surprise and will appreciate your efforts. Don’t laugh loud and Japanese people don’t shake hands most often.