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Snapshot of Japan

April 29, 2021 -

Located off the east coast of Asia, the Japanese archipelago consists of four large islands—Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu, and Shikoku—and about four thousand small islands, which when combined are equal to the size of California.   Although myth indicates that Japan was founded in 660 BCE by Emperor Jimmu, the

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Tips on Communicating Virtually Across Cultures

October 22, 2020 -

The global pandemic continues to complicate how we conduct business with colleagues and customers around the world. It’s tempting to think that just because we have access to Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Hangouts, and other teleconferencing platforms, communications are the same everywhere. They are not. Wondering just how

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Japan's Unusual Golden Week

Japan’s Unusual Golden Week

April 29, 2020 -

In most years, the end of April and early May have pleasantly marked Golden Week in Japan. Showa Day (April 29th) is traditionally the start of this series of four holidays, which has become the longest and one of the busiest vacation periods for most Japanese

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Spotlight on Chinese New Year

January 23, 2020 -

Visit Atma Insights to learn more about business practices and culture in China.   Xin Nian Hao In China, most people wish each other "Xin Nian Kuai Le," which means Happy New Year. Among family and close friends, people use the shorter version, "Xin Nian Hao." These are

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Making Sense of Global Economics

Making Sense of the Global Economies

July 22, 2019 -

On a daily basis, there’s regular media references to trade, global economies, emerging markets, BRICS – and now CIVETS and the Next Eleven. There’s continuous debate whether the category of emerging markets is even valid anymore, and yet, BRICS, CIVETS, Next Eleven and emerging markets

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Cross-Cultural Learning Helps Corporations Prevent Discrimination Issues

June 21, 2019 -

Culture Applied: Practical Realities of Global Staffing & Local Culture   Issues of discrimination based on race, ethnicity, gender, and lifestyle continue to dominate our political, social, and corporate conversations. Most companies have detailed official staffing and employee policies against discrimination in any form. But how do firms

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Japan Golden Week

Japan – Golden Week (April 29, May 3-6)

April 28, 2019 -

  April 29th, Showa Day, marks the start of Golden Week—a series of four holidays that has become the longest and one of the busiest vacation periods for most Japanese companies. The week continues with: May 3rd, Constitutional Memorial Day May 4th, Greenery Day May 5th, Children’s Day A

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Spotlight on Chinese New Year

January 31, 2019 -

China is a fascinating mix of ancient and modern. From its snowy mountain ranges to its long rivers and expansive deserts, China is home to a rich mix of ethnicities, cultures and traditions that can be traced back thousands of years. Understanding this balance of

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