Culture Clues: Japanese Obsession

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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