Gosh, probably not ipso facto, but it sort of depends on the situation and how familiar you are with the person you are dealing with.ed wrote: ↑Tue Aug 18, 2020 12:18 am Japanese Culture and Offence Question ...
It seems that in spite of my retired state, I am about to do business with Japan military and/or their agents.
Question: Is it acceptable to ask if there have been any Godzilla attacks? I just came close to asking but I thought it best to refrain and get some top notch advice from ex-pat yanks whose loyalty is suspect and who would not steer a fellow american wrong, not even for massive lulz.
In a business transaction, Japanese people don't generally crack a lot of jokes in my experience. If they are the buyer and you are the seller, they might not appreciate it. The business culture here is such that there is an assumed hierarchy between the customer and the seller, where the customer is given great deference by the seller and spoken to in only the most polite tone of language. In such a context, making a joke might not come across as having the right tone, depending on the person. However, they know that you are not Japanese and they probably don't expect a gaijin to know about Japanese business etiquette. They might even be amused. But it's hard to say especially if you don't know the person. If all you've done is exchanged an e-mail or two purely about a business transaction, then making jokes might seem a little overly bold.