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“Effective Communication in the Japanese Workplace”

When: Friday, April 14, 2017
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Central

Where: Kresge Hall, Kresge1515, 1880 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Department of Asian Languages and Cultures   847.491.5288

Group: Department of Asian Languages and Cultures

Co-Sponsor: Asian Studies

Category: Lectures & Meetings


Two-lecture series on intercultural communication

“What is it like to work with Japanese supervisors and colleagues?” “How much Japanese language proficiency will be helpful?” “How is what we learn in literature courses useful in the workplace?” This two-lecture series will address these questions and help undergraduate students make connections between their academic plans for learning in college and their future professional life.

The first lecture provides an overview of the Japanese workplace. The audience will learn what the challenges of a multi-national workplace are and how they can avoid misunderstandings.

The second lecture focuses on the role of study of Japanese language and culture in the professional life at a multi-national workplace. With examples illustrating challenges that non-Japanese employees encounter at the Japanese workplace, the speaker will provide some tips as to how they can avoid, resolve or cope with those challenges.

First lecture
“Working for a Japanese company: What to expect?”
Date and Time: 3:00pm - 4:30pm, Friday, September 23, 2016
Location: Kresge Centennial Hall 2-415, 1880 Campus Drive, Evanston

Second lecture
“Working with Japanese: Language and Culture at the Work Place
Date: 3:00pm - 4:30pm, Friday, April 14, 2017
Location: Kresge Centennial Hall 1-515, 1880 Campus Drive, Evanston

Speaker: Daniel Schmitt, Consultant, Japan Intercultural Consulting
Before joining Japan Intercultural Consulting, Mr. Schmitt had worked for Sumitomo Electric Carbide for five years, both at its office in Illinois and at the headquarters in Osaka. He worked closely with both Japanese and American colleagues at the company. He also serves as Operations Manager at Securience LLC. Previously, he had taught English in Miyagi Prefecture on the Japan Exchange Teaching (JET) Program for three years and had worked for a high school in Chiba Prefecture for four years.

Japan Intercultural Consulting ( is a global training and consulting firm focused on Japan. The firm provides cultural training seminars on management and interpersonal skills for various corporations around the world. Their consultants are experts on cross-cultural communications and Japanese business practices.

This lecture series was made possible by generous support of:
The Simeon E. Leland Forum Fund, Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, Asian Studies Program, Northwestern Career Advancement, WCAS Council on Language Instruction

The Simeon E. Leland Forum was established by members of the University community in grateful recognition of Simeon E. Leland’s outstanding contribution to the University’s cultural life while he was Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 1946 to 1966.

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