Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The Japanese Office Romance. Secret or Open?

An interesting recent article in the press recommends that expats should be open about their relationship in the office when a romance begins. The logic behind this being that the boss may feel betrayed if they find out indirectly that you're dating someone you work with. Interesting advice. Should come with a country specific warning though.

In Japan relationships are kept absolutely secret. This is to the extent that even Japanese colleagues and co-workers will be unaware of the relationships around them. In many instances, this may even remain true even when the happy couple actually ties the knot. The advice in the article today may be spot on in certain countries and cultures, but it needs to come with a location stamp. In Japan, secrecy rules.

And if you let anyone know you're dating someone in the office, you're probably going to be looking for a new date very soon.  

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