Michiyo Nakamoto: Upgrading Japanese for global communications skills

Robert  Dujarric's picture
June 5, 2018
Subject Fields: 
Japanese History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Sociology


Date:  Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Time: 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (doors open at 7:00 p.m.)
Venue: Temple University, Japan Campus, Azabu Hall 1F Parliament Student Lounge
             (access: http://www.tuj.ac.jp/maps/tokyo.html)
Speaker: Michiyo Nakamoto, writer and senior advisor at Time Inc. International, former journalist with the Financial Times.
Moderator: Robert Dujarric, Director of ICAS
Admission: Free. Open to the public.
Language: English
RSVP: icas@tuj.temple.edu  (RSVP is not required, but encouraged)


The Japanese style of communicating often leaves people from non-Japanese cultures mystified. A reluctance to attract attention by speaking out, failure to present arguments in a logical yet engaging manner, a general unwillingness to engage in personal discussions combined with a tendency to underestimate the importance and power of communication put Japanese people at a significant disadvantage, particularly in situations where they need to engage with or compete against people from cultures that reward more aggressive behavior. If Japan is to play a more prominent role in global affairs and contribute more fully to the global community, the Japanese need to overcome their cultural inhibitions and acquire communication skills that are better suited to an increasingly globalised world.


Michiyo Nakamoto is a writer and senior advisor at Time Inc. International. Her book on the pitfalls of Japanese-style communication in a globalized world was published recently in Japan (中元三千代, FT元東京副支局長が教える世界で成功する5つの力, 大和書房).  Previously, Michiyo was a journalist with the Financial Times for close to 25 years, working in both the Tokyo office and London headquarters. In Tokyo, where she was deputy bureau chief from 2006 to 2013, she covered Japanese industry, finance, business, politics, foreign affairs and social trends. She currently produces a blog, japonica.info, which features Japanese culture, art, food and places of interest.


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