A Japanese business etiquette seminar will be broadcast from Lakeshore Technical College via interactive video conferencing to Moraine Park Technical College’s Fond du Lac campus on Tuesday, Aug. 12, from 9 a.m. to noon.
Designed for anyone who is interested in Japanese business and culture, “From Kampai to Meishi, Chopsticks to Cultural Taboos” is especially useful for professionals who will attend the 40th Annual Joint Meeting of the Midwest U.S.–Japan Association in Milwaukee Sept. 7–9.
The seminar will begin with an introduction to Japanese culture and language, including cultural differences and communication; basic key vocabulary; and gestures, greetings and cultural pitfalls. The business and etiquette portion will cover Japanese-style business management and corporate structure; business relationships and their importance in Japanese society; negotiating effectively, avoiding offense and maximizing time involvement; Japanese business attire; and business card exchange. Other topics include protocols for bowing, dining, seating arrangements and socializing as well as things to avoid.
Speakers will include Kenji Higashi, Wisconsin Department of Commerce Business Adviser for Japan; Jennifer Siebert, Lakeland College instructor of Japanese language; and representatives from government and industry who have experience interacting with Japanese businesspeople.
The seminar fee is $29. The registration deadline is Aug. 5. To register, call Sandy Justman at 920-923-3449 or
Moraine Park Technical College, with campuses in Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend, is one of 16 technical colleges throughout the state that make up the Wisconsin Technical College System. Moraine Park offers more than 100 associate of applied science degrees, technical diplomas, apprenticeships and certificates delivered in a variety of formats — classroom, online and blended. Training and technical assistance for businesses are also offered. For more information about Moraine Park, visit www.morainepark.edu.