Japanese Culture

Greetings

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  • Use formal titles when addressing someone for the first time and do so until they permit you to do otherwise. Similarly, never call a Japanese businessman by their first name.
  • Most Japanese who live in Australia have adopted the handshake as their primary way of greeting, however those unfamiliar with Western greetings may bow.
  • The casual bow is a slight bend from the waist and a dip of the head. It is used when informally greeting someone or walking past someone of a higher status.
  • Business interactions involve a deeper bow, where the torso bends from the waist by about 30 degrees.
  • The deepest, most polite bow expresses sincerest gratitude or apology. One lowers their torso to about 45 degrees or such angle from which the head would have to stretch upwards to look into the face of another. If offering this bow, keep your head lowered.
  • To hold a bow longer than another shows respect or humility.
Japan
  • Population
    126,702,133
    [July 2016 est.]
  • Languages
    Japanese (official)
  • Religions
    Shintoism (79.2%)
    Buddhism (66.8%)
    Christianity (1.5%)
    Other (7.1%)
    [2012 est.]
    Note: Total adherents exceeds 100% because many people practice both Shintoism and Buddhism.
  • Ethnicities
    Japanese (98.5%)
    Chinese (0.5%)
    Korean (0.42%)
    Filipino (0.16%)
    Brazilian (0.15%)
    [2012 est.]
    Note: The Ministry of Justice in Japan correlates nationality with ethnicity; they have no official data on the actual ethnic breakdown of people in Japan.
  • Cultural Dimensions
    Power Distance 54
    Individualism 46
    Masculinity 95
    Uncertainty Avoidance 92
    Long Term Orientation 88
    Indulgence 42
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  • Australians with Japanese Ancestry
    65,708 [2016 census]
Japanese in Australia
  • Population
    42,421
    [2016 census]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in Japan.
  • Average Age
    36
  • Gender
    Males (68.3%)
    Females (31.7%)
  • Religion
    No Religion (52.6%)
    Buddhism (26.3%)
    Catholic Christianity (4.1%)
    Other (12.4%)
  • Ancestry
    Japanese (82.7%)
    Australian (5.1%)
    English (3%)
    Chinese (1.2%)
    Other (7.9%)
  • Language Spoken at Home
    Japanese (79.1%)
    English (17.4%)
    Mandarin (0.6%)
    Other (2.3%)
    Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 79.5% speak English fluently.
  • Diaspora
    New South Wales (34.2%)
    Queensland (29.2%)
    Victoria (19.3%)
    Western Australia (10.1%)
  • Arrival
    Prior to 2001 (42.1%)
    2001-2006 (25.1%)
    2007-2011 (26.3%)
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