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Bizarre and Beautiful Christmas Customs in Japan

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Although less than 1% of Japanese are Christian, Japan has an odd combination of beautiful and bizarre Christmas customs.

Why wait? Attend your own funeral now!

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Korean funeral fad

Want to feel alive? Korea has just the thing for you: first die…


Don't Stand Out, Stand In! What Learning to Skydive in Japan Taught me about Japanese Business

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Skydivers everywhere have a strong sense of camaraderie, much like firefighters and others who put their lives in each other hands. The bond creates a sense of insiders to the sport – jumpers, and outsiders – everyone else. Japan is no different, except...

China's Car Eating Buses

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China is notorious for traffic jams and pollution, with no solution in sight.  That is until TEB (transit-elevated bus) is launched. Well, maybe.

Don't Sit THERE! What Learning to Skydive in Japan Taught me about Japanese Business

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Night skydiving world record

Lessons from a Trouper. Cultural values are reflected throughout societal norms in every country. This means you can find lessons that apply to business in other practices if you delve deeply enough…

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Globalization has made cross-border business deals more common than ever. But, every day, deals are jeopardized or lost when foreign associates are offended by Americans unaware of other countries' customs, culture or manner. while traveling, meeting a foreigner here or communicating on the...



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