❖When he writes a book on a nation with a
popular cult of aestheticism which gives high
honor to actors and to artists and lavishes art
upon the cultivation of chrysanthemums, that
book does not ordinarily have to be
supplemented by another which is devoted to the
cult of the sword and the top prestige of the
✎ First chapter of “the chrysanthemum and the sword -
pattern of Japanese culture”, 1946
❖A lot of contradictions are described in
(Some criticize her work)
❖Many things have points in her book even
though she had never been to Japan.
❖I was born in Japan, got an education in
Japan and worked at Japanese company.
❖However, I have had similar questions with
❖In this theme, “It’s not a mystery, but…”,
I’d like discuss about various aspects of
Japanese organization culture with case
❖I’m hoping that my contents to be posted
here will give you some hints for your better
experiences in interacting with Japanese
❖Following pages are kind of trailer about
which I’m planning to write.
❖Each title and its abstract is just current
draft version, so I may not post it or change
❖Anyway, I’ll update this slide as needed.
“Histories of Digital Still Camara”
❖ Digital Still Camera (DSC) market has been extraordinary sharp
contest market which included two different industries, camera
and consumer electronics.
❖ DSC was the first full-fledged consumer digital product except
personal computers. So, it required close encounters of American
IT industry such as Microsoft, Yahoo!, Google, etc.
❖ DSC market destroyed film camera market, coincidentally,
Camera Phone is creeping into this market.
❖ In early stage, Japanese manufacturers had over 90% global share
in DSC market, and they have still major share in this area.
❖ To review DSC market gives us a lot of suggestions to understand
Japanese organization cultures, I think. So, first of all, I’d like to
write about a history of DSC.
“Behind the Mystery”
❖ Most Japanese people are not religiousness.
❖ However, religions are still unconsciously influencing people’s
action and way of thinking, I think.
❖ What makes Japanese culture so different from the rest is its quit
unique “religion system(*)”. Japanese religion is highly syncretic
beyond completely different religions.
❖ Not only religions, the ideas from “Bushi-do”, “Sa-do(tea cult)”,
“Ka-do(flower arrangement)”, etc., are also blended.
❖ In this topic, I’d like to outline the above focused on business
(*) This expression might be eccentric for people who are monotheistic religion. First of all,
basically, Japan is a polytheism nation like ancient Rome / Greek.
#3 “It’s not a labyrinth, but…”
~Decision Making Process~
❖ Decision making process of Japanese organization, especially,
big companies, is one of the most interesting things. There is
big differences from American companies’.
❖ “Why does it take such a long long time?”
❖ “Who is the decision maker?”
❖ “What priority do they have?”
❖ “Why do we have to repeat same argument?”
❖ “Why are they so passive attitude?”
❖ In this topic, I’d like to discuss about their decision making
process and how to deal with them.
❖Contents of this theme will be posted in the
category of “English” on:
❖If you have any question, please send e-mail
❖But, to guess the reason of contradictory is
relatively easy as well as to expect the
presidential election result of each states.
* Map from:
Prof. Mark Newman, Department of Physics and Center for the Study of Complex Systems, University of Michigan