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i have to stay behind at work today because i "have to rewrite a fax to be more polite"
WTF!
It was a fax to our home company to revise some documents to one of our customers specs.

It said:
Hello,

Please revise the following (docs to looklike blah blah...)
Just a fax is ok. This is not urgent.
Thank you!

Signed blah blah

short, proper business-ey. I always get lectured about how my sentences are really complex and confuse the people back in Japan. so, here I go being all careful, and now im being RUDE! I said please and thank you!

i get so frustrated here. i keep getting in trouble.
sigh.

Comments

lazlo
Jul. 31st, 2002 11:00 am (UTC)
It is very, very easy to offend the Japanese. It's an extremely sensitive and, in many ways, head-in-the-sand culture. Offer to commit hari kari and all will be well.