Business and Personal interaction Tips
Remember the Japanese phrase "The nail that sticks up gets hit with the hammer" when considering your attire, especially in business situations
Try and avoid the "OK" sign in Japan, for it means money
For ease of coming and going, try and find a comfortable pair of shoes that are easy to remove, as you will do so often, slip-on shoes are highly recommended
whether for business, or with friends, do not pour your own drink, allow someone else to do it for you
If you take someone out, insist upon paying. They will refuse your offer, but insist, also they will prefer that you choose a western style restaurant when you entertain them
It is perfectly acceptable to slurp your noodles, it demonstrates that you enjoy your food, otherwise people think that you are not enjoying your meal
It is important to understand that Japanese people do no like to use the word no. If you ask a question, it is possible to get yes as an answer, while clearly meaning no. You need to pay attention to how they say it, and how they physically react to the question asked.
The customary greeting in Japan is the bow. However some may greet you with a handshake, usually a weak one, but that is not an indication of character, more of being unused to doing it.
ヾ(＾-＾)ノ こゆうきあいはら ヽ(^。^)丿