Speak Japanese Crossculturally

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Speak Japanese Crossculturally!
•Strategies & Subtleties for closing the distance with your 
  Japanese business partners and colleagues
•Uncover their Honne (real feelings and intentions)

Invest 2 hours in Changing Your Career!

Your Coach
Tak Kawatani - Crosscultural Management Consultant

President of Diversity Management Institute Inc. (Japan)


For Who


Anyone who wants to learn the crux of Japanese work behaviours and thoughts and how to get past tatemae 建前 (official statement) enter honne 本音 (true intentions) – in business or in private.

Why This Course?

You learn Japanese and start working in/with Japan for several years. You make friends and overcome initial challenges.

After a while, however, you begin noticing interesting projects passing above your head, promotion becoming stagnant, initial contacts remaining initial, and that you remain outside their honne.

This course is for you to learn deep cultural motivators of Japanese business people. It is pragmatic and profound, yet easy to apply for both beginners and seasoned pros.

“Get past tatemae 建前, close distance
and bring you inside their honne 本音 heart.”

Session Contents
The Most Critical Japanese Business Practice: HORENSO 報連相
Without Hokoku-Renraku-Sodan, Japanese businesspersons will end up getting lost in the organisational jungle without compass. Without it, Japanese can’t find food, water and safe route in the terrain. It’s that critical habit second nature to Japanese managers. Literally hokoku means reporting. Renraku means informing. Sodan means consultation.

HORENSO is not a new concept for people working in Japanese companies. But its real benefits, how it works and why Japanese need it so badly has not been explained properly.
That has been responsible for causing non-Japanese people to get confused about Japanese expectations, therefore, delivering little, and Japanese to be frustrated,feel insecure in the dark and unable to make decisions. In the end, they feel their foreign counterparts are not reliable.
In fact, both parties are acting sincerely but in different directions without knowing it. This invisible “crosstalk” remains the #1 reason for low performance, mistrust, anger,cultural distance, lack of recognition and limited key positions given to non-Japanese workers.
Many managers with years of experience with Japanese firms who have taken this course say they have learnt invaluable knowledge and skills. In this session you will also do exercise of English/Japanese phrases for each of the Hokoku, Renraku, Sodan functions. 
Revealing behaviours that Japanese managers and customers frown upon will be discussed. He explains perspectives from both cultural values, consequences of each action, and relevant actions you should take.
Insightful video clips, graphics, action lists are used to enable intuitive understanding of the depth of Japanese philosophical background even for learners with little exposure to Japan.
Use Your Own Situations and Role Play with Tak   
Now is your chance to apply all the knowledge, skills, and phrases you have learned and put them into practice using your personal situations with real or imaginary Japanese partners. Tak will critique and advise strategically for improvement based exactly on your personal issues and interests. 
Tak is engaged 1On1 by CEOs of MNCs in Japan and senior leaders outside Japan.

*This session is for 1-On-1 coaching only.

Japanese Proficiency Is NOT Required


This seminar is for all levels of Japanese proficiency, from zero to advanced.

1-On-1 Coaching is also available if you want custom-designed training for your personal situations and issues. Please ask Tak for FREE pre-consulting to determine the program and the schedule.

Session format

This is an online ZOOM lesson.


Dates *Japan Time

February 20  

22:00 – 24:00   Japan time  

March 6      

10:00 – 12:00   Japan time

▶content is same for all slots. 



*Group Session: ¥15,000 

*1-On-1 Coaching: one session is ¥30,000


・1 session ¥30,000 / 3 sessions ¥90,000 / 6 sessions  ¥180,000

・1 session is 3 hours and fully custom-made problem-solving for personal issues.

See more information below.

Full refund policy


If you are not happy after the course, we will give you a full refund. Please email us within a day after the course ends. 

Collaborating with Various Institutions & Companies Globally

★Speak Japanese Crossculturally!  Is Back by Popular Demand!

This program will not make you fluent in Japanese. Instead, it saves you years of time it takes to know the sound reasons for their emotions, actions and inactions on top of the down-to-earth skills to open the door to their honne (real intentions). 

To reach that depth, you will normally have to spend years socializing with them, learning the language or trying to get employed by Japanese firms.


And even after you’ve done all of them, numerous people have said like below after having attended Tak’s program:

Voices of Participants

2 days vs. 5 years
Banker, Singapore

What I learned in this 2 day course is much deeper than what I learned in my 5 years employment at my bank.

Turn complex to simple

HR consultant, Vietnam


My company now encounters many problems with non-Japanese staff. Kawatani sensei was able to take the complex and make it simple. I was surprised that he pointed out areas where I could do things better. The session is very much tuned in to where I was. Sensei was very approachable and encouraging, and it was really fun! I learnt the concrete steps to connect with Japanese people. I hope this seminar will reach more people and wish every foreigner success at Japanese companies.

Hidden meanings revealed

IT specialist, India


Yes, I will give 5 STARS to this session and Kudos to Kawatani sensei's initiative and super presentation skills! He has in-depth knowledge and experience in cross-cultural management. Even I am working in Japan for three years now, I have learned many secrete/hidden meanings of the Japanese behaviour at workplace, also about the ideas and values of the Japanese management system. Got answers to many of my "Why Japanese People??" questions!

A bridge with top management

Manufacturing, production control, Malaysia


Thanks to this program, I have been able to understand, for the first time, what my Japanese president was thinking. Before the program, we had all kinds of misperceptions about each other that were hard to untie. I hope Mr. Kawatani will continue to serve as a bridge between us and top management. Thank you very much.


Tak Kawatani 河谷隆司


I have dedicated 35 years to help Japanese managers and engineers to become great leaders and their international colleagues like you to
collaborate with them for synergy.

Since 1986, I have been travelling globally to train business managers, engineers, diplomats and military officers, speak at conferences and media
and published extensively.

Under globalisation, Japanese people need people like you who can show them new ways to create value across cultures.

Please join Success Japan Initiative!

●Please send the registration form below.

After you send the form, you will be moved to payment section. After you make the payment, you will receive confirmation email.

If you have chosen 1-On-1 Coaching, please email to Tak your preferred two dates and times of ZOOM pre-meeting to determine session contents and the number of coaching session.


We are excited to have you with us and hope to see you soon!

●Inquiry: successjapan@outlook.com
●Success Japan Seminars are managed by Diversity Management Institute Inc.
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