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JAPAN is different!
Japan is still the home of some of the world’s largest corporations and boasts a whole range of globally recognised and respected brands – from Toyota to Nintendo – and has business links in every corner of the world.  Can...
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Belarus – concede and proceed
The parliament of the republic declared the sovereignty of Belarus on 27 July 1990, and during the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Belarus declared independence on 25 August 1991. More than 80% of the population is ethnic Belarusian and the...
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France – Be Prepared and Patient
France, it seems is being “strangled by regulation” according to those trying to exist in owner managed businesses. New regulations come in every week. In the past two decades, the number of legal do's and don'ts has become so...
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Your hands speak loud!
Gestures! Get them right! Cupping ones fingertips on one hand, almost like mimicking the shape of a flower bud and held towards another person, means something completely different in different cultures. In Italy it means ‘What is...
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Do’s and don’ts in New York City
Expect New Yorkers to be friendly but in a hurry. They will absolutely help you with directions or whatever you need, but get to the point. They are not big on pleasantries or idle chitchat. Just ask, "How do I get to 8th Avenue from...
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Connected Brazil
"Brazil’s expanding middle class is increasingly going online, and social media are particularly popular because of Brazil’s hyper-social culture",  say social-media executives.   That makes Brazil a bright spot for...
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Morocco - Cultural Fusion in Business
Situated in Northern Africa, Morocco has a rich colonial history. Arab heritage has been fused with Spanish and French influences to form modern-day Moroccan culture. In order to succeed, understanding this balance of cultural elements as well as...
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South Korea - fast response can be expected!
South Korea is a sovereign state in East Asia, constituting the southern part of the Korean Peninsula. This mountainous peninsula is flanked by the Yellow Sea to the west, and Sea of Japan to the east. About three thousand islands, mostly small and...
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Malaysia – A stable and vibrant economy
Consisting of two regions separated by the South China Sea, Malaysia is a federation of 13 states and three federal territories. It shares borders with Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore and Brunei. The capital is Kuala Lumpur, home of the Petronas...
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New Year Traditions
As we begin a new year, it is interesting to find out how other countries and cultures celebrate it.Romanians mark new year by donning bear costumes and furs, and dancing from house to house, in an attempt to keep evil at bay. Other jamborees...