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Kata: The Key to Understanding & Dealing with the Japanese!

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"A unique look at a unique culture. If you're trying to figure the Japanese out, this book provides another important piece of the puzzle."—Terrie Lloyd, CEO, LINC Media, Tokyo

In this first book ever to explain why the Japanese think and behave the way they do, veteran Japanologist Boye Lafayette De Mente, author of more than 30 books on Japan, unlocks the mystery of kata—the cultural molds that have traditionally shaped and defined the attitudes, behavior, and character of the...

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Overview

"A unique look at a unique culture. If you're trying to figure the Japanese out, this book provides another important piece of the puzzle."—Terrie Lloyd, CEO, LINC Media, Tokyo

In this first book ever to explain why the Japanese think and behave the way they do, veteran Japanologist Boye Lafayette De Mente, author of more than 30 books on Japan, unlocks the mystery of kata—the cultural molds that have traditionally shaped and defined the attitudes, behavior, and character of the Japanese and are primarily responsible for the traits and talents that make them different from other people.

In 70 brief essays, ranging from "The Art of Bowing" and "Importance of the Apology" to "The Compulsion for Quality" and "Exchanging Name-Cards," the author looks at the origin, nature, use, and influence of kata (literally the form and order of doing things) in Japanese life and how this cultural conditioning causes the Japanese to think and react in the way they do. Because all relations with the Japanese are influenced by kata, the key to dealing with the Japanese in personal, business or political matters requires knowing how to work within the confines of kata and when to induce or compel them to break the kata and behave in a non-Japanese way.

"Even long-time students of Japan will find the book illuminating and though-provoking."—Sam Jameson, former Tokyo Bureau Chief of the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804833868
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/15/2003
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 1,424,367
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Boye Lafayette De Mente is the author of more than 30 books on Japan, Korea and China, including Korean Business Etiquette. He lives in Paradise Valley, Arizona.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
1) The Kata Factor
2) The Kata-ization of Japan
3) Kata in Japan Today
4) Kata in Business
5) Weakness of the Japanese System
6) Can Japan Survive Without Kata?

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