Transferable Skills Seminar – Japanese Communication and Business Manners

Event | November 28, 2016

This transferable skills seminar is targeted for international researchers (PhD students and postdocs). The seminar will be conducted in English. This four hour seminar contains a lecture and a workshop.

The lecture touches on the cultural differences between Japan and other countries. This includes differences in values and conceptions of time, as well as the very popular and difficult to understand topic of “Honne” and “Tatemae“. It also addresses a number of unique (Japanese) characteristics used while communicating – for example high-context vs. low-context. 

The workshop allows participants to practice fundamental Japanese business manners (including table manners). Knowledge of these behaviors will be useful for both everyday interactions and formal occasions.

■ Lecturer

Ms. Kanako Ito has worked as a Chief Purser on both international and domestic flights. She also has experience assisting many VIPs (e.g., the imperial family, government officials). She is now a manner instructor at ANA Business Solutions and teaches at various corporations and organizations.

■ Place

Centennial Hall 1st Floor Conference Room

■ Seminar date

11/28/2016 (Mon) 14:00-18:00

■ Eligibility

Be a Hokkaido University doctoral course student or postdoc whose native language is NOT Japanese

■ Application deadline

11/25/2016 at noon

■ How to register

You must be registered in the Hi-System. If you are not yet registered, please do so here. After you are registered in the Hi-System, please apply directly to the event here. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click “申し込む/Apply”. If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail within three business days, please contact I-HoP (contact details below).


I-HoP : International Human Resource Development Program,

Front Office for Human Resource Education and Development, Hokkaido University



Please refer to the following flyer:

transferable seminar 2016