9 Japanese Success Secrets
1. Work Hard
It has no secret that the Japanese is hard worker. The average employee work hours in Japan is 2450 hours / year, is very high compared with the United States (1957 hours / year), UK (1911 hours / year), Germany (1870 hours / year),
and France (1680 hours / year) . An employee in Japan can produce a car in 9 days, while officials in other countries need 47 days to make the car with same worth. A Japanese worker can be said do the work usually done by 5-6 people. Home quickly is something that can be said “quite disgraceful” in Japan, and shows that the employees included “not required” by the company.
2. Sparingly Life
Japanese people have the sparingly spirit in daily life. Anti-consumerism attitude this seem excessive in various fields of life. In the early start of life in Japan, I had a great surprise to the many people shopping in the crowded Japanese supermarket at around 19:30 hours. A careful critical, in fact it has become a regular on the Japanese supermarket that will be cut to half price at the time about a half hour before closing. Supermarkets such as that known in Japan average closed at 20:00.
Loyalty system has made a career in a company is run and the neat. With a slightly different system in the United States and Europe, is very rare Japanese who moved jobs. They usually stay on one or two companies until retirement. This may be the implications of Industry in Japan that most would only accept fresh graduate, who they teach later accordance with the companies core business.
Japanese is not the inventor nation, but the Japanese have an advantage in the findings and sell to the market in form of a demand by the public. Interesting to read the story of Akio Morita Sony developed the legendary Walkman. Cassette Tape not found by Sony, the patent is owned by Phillip Electronics. But who has developed a portable and bundling model as a booming product during ten years is Akio Morita, founder and CEO of Sony. Until 1995, there were more than 300 walkman models and the amount of total production reached 150 million products. Four-wheeled vehicles Assembly techniques are also not created Japanese, the patent owned by the United States. But Japan was able to develop vehicle assembly industry with their innovation that is faster and cheaper.
5. Never Give Up
The History proved that the Japanese is not a nation who easy to give up. Tens of years under the Tokugawa empire that closed all access to other countries, Japan is very behind in technology. When the Meiji restoration (Meiji ishin) came, the Japanese quickly adapt and become a fast-learner. Poverty of natural resources also does not make Japan surrender. Not only importer petroleum, coal, wood and seeds of iron, even 85% of Japan’s energy comes from other countries, including Indonesia. If Indonesia stopped the supply of oil to Japan, then 30% of Japan will be in darkness. Sequence disaster occurred in 1945, starting from the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, lose the war, and the big earthquake in Tokyo. In fact Japan is not exhausted. In the next few years Japan has been successfully developing the automotive industry and even fast train (shinkansen). May be quite startling how Konosuke Matsushita and the electronic equipment business nearly destroyed in 1945 are still able to crawl, starting from zero so that the industry to build a business kingdom in the present era. Akio Morita also initially laughable when offer a product his pretty Cassete Tape to various other countries. But eventually become a legend with his Sony Walkman. Which is also quite unique that the science and theory in which people must learn from failure is formulated in Japan began with the name shippaigaku (science of failure).
6. Reading Culture
Do not be surprised if you come to Japan and into densha (electric train), most of the passengers both children and adults are reading books or newspapers. They Do not care to sit or stand, many who have used the time in densha to read. Many publishers began to create a man-ga (image comic) for the materials the school curriculum in both elementary, junior high and high school. Subject History, Biology, English, etc. are presented with interesting that make people increasing their reading interests. Read Japanese culture is also supported by the speed in the process of translation of foreign books (English, French, German, etc.). The legend said foreign books translation has been commenced in 1684, as build institute translating and growing up to modern times. Usually translated Japanese books are available in a few weeks since foreign books published.
7. Team Work
The Japanese Culture do not accommodate the work is too individualism. Including claims of work results, usually intended for a team or group. This phenomenon not only in the world of work, the condition of the campus with a research lab is also such a task subjects are also usually in the form of the group. Working in groups may be one of the biggest strength of the Japanese. There is anecdote said “A Japanese professor will defeated by an American professor, But 10 American professors will not be able to overcome 10 Japanese professor.” Consensus or agreement is often called the “rin-gi” is a ritual in the group. Strategic decisions must be discussed in the “rin-gi”.
Since early age children are trained to be independent. Kids in Kindergarten (Yochien) in Japan must bring 3 large bags containing clothes, Bento (lunch pack), shoes, books, towels and a large bottle of water that hang on their neck. In Yochien every child be trained to bring their own equipment, and is responsible for his own goods. Graduated from high school and going to college almost did not ask of cost to parents. They used work on part time to pay for school and everyday life. Even if the money runs out, they “borrow” the money to the parents that they will return in the next month.
9. Keep a Tradition and Respect for Older
Technology and economic development did not make Japan lose the tradition and culture. Culture of women who have been married for not working is still alive to this day.
Apologize Culture still become a reflex of Japanese. If you ride a bike in Japan and hit walking people, then do not surprised if the one who we hit apologize ahead.
Until these days the Japanese are relatively avoid saying “no” when people get a bid from another. So we must be careful in association with the Japanese people as “hi” it does not mean “yes”. For the Japanese the Agriculture is ancestor tradition and important assets in Japan. Become a hard competition because entrance rice cheaper from Thailand and the United States was not decreased the Japanese government steps to protect their farmer. It is reported that the land which be agricultural land will get a significant tax reduction, including some incentives for those who still survive in agriculture. Japanese agriculture is one of the highest in the world.