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Japanese Business Manner

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Recently I attended a seminar which explained Japanese business manner. It was fun in a sort of strange way, because it was definately not aimed at foreigners, but rather Japanese freshmen into business life, i.e. fresh college graduates who join a company for the first time. I will show you an official “Appearance Check List” for traditional Japanese companies; these lists are actually used to teach newcomers how to dress and keep their appearance “professional”. It’s pretty hilarious! (I have corrected the English in someplaces where it was too weird, otherwise it’s the untouched original document)

Teaching freshmen how to behave

Appearance Check List (Males)

  • Your hair is in a moderate length
  • Your bed hair has been fixed
  • Your hair style is appropriate for a business man
  • Your hair is in a natural color
  • The smell of your hair liquid is not too strong
  • Your beard is completely shaven
  • Your teeth are clean, and you do not have bad breath
  • Your collar and sleeves are clean
  • The sleeves are buttoned up, not rolled up
  • Your shirt is in a moderate color
  • Your shirt is ironed
  • Your tie is straight, the knot is tightened
  • No spots or wrinkles on your tie
  • Your tie is in a moderate length
  • You care about dandruff on your shoulders
  • There are no spots on your jacket
  • Your jacket is buttoned up when you stand up
  • The pocket of your jacket is not too full
  • Your trousers are pressed
  • Your belt does not look damaged
  • Your belt is in a moderate color and form
  • Your nails are in a moderate length
  • You are wearing socks in a proper way
  • The color and pattern of your socks are not too showy (sport socks are not preferred)
  • Your shoes are polished
  • Your shoes have full heels and are kept in a proper shape
  • Your shoes are in a moderate color and form
  • Your watch is appropriate for a business person

Appearance Check List (Females)

  • Your hair is kept clean
  • Your hair does not bother you while working
  • Your bangs are above your eyes
  • Your hair is in a natural color
  • Your makeup gives a clean and healthy impression
  • Your makeup is kept in a good condition all day long
  • Your lip color and perfume are not too strong
  • You are wearing clothes properly
  • There are no stains, spots, or wrinkles on your clothes
  • Your clothes are ironed
  • No dandruff or hair is sticking to your shoulders
  • Your sleeves are buttoned up, not rolled up
  • Your nails are in a moderate length
  • YOur nail polish is in a moderate color and is not coming off
  • You are wearing either stockings or socks
  • Stockings/socks should be in a moderate color and comply with regulations
  • There is no run in your stockings
  • You have extra stockings at hand
  • Your shoes are polished
  • Your shoes have full heels and are kept in a proper shape
  • Your shoes are in a moderate color and form
  • You are wearing simple and elegant accessories
  • Your watch is appropriate for a business person

Wow! That was quite a list! One thing to reflect over is why the list for women is shorter than the one for men! My theory is that women in general know how to take care of themselves better on average than men! My girlfriend says that the reason is that if the rules are too strict for women, they will quit! I don’t know which is correct! But above all, whatever you do, DON’T KEEP TOO MUCH STUFF IN YOUR JACKET POCKET, for God’s sake!!

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