When you don’t talk business can be as important as when you do. In Britain, for instance, as soon as the day is done, so is business. Nothing will turn your hosts off faster than continuing shoptalk in the pub or over dinner.
The Japanese obsession with pleasing guests does not mean they form friendships quickly. Naniwabushi (to get on such close personal terms with someone that they will have to do you a favor) is a standard Japanese operating procedure. Hence, accepting lavish gifts from a Japanese business acquaintance can lead to obligations that may later prove awkward, if not downright painful.
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