Boye Lafayette De Mente first went to Japan in 1949 as a member of a U.S. military intelligence agency, and was involved with the country for more than six decades as a student, journalist, editor, lecturer, and writer. He is the author of more than thirty books on Japan, including Japanese Etiquette and Ethics in Business and How to Do Business With the Japanese. Completely revised and expanded by Geoff Botting who has lived in Japan for over a quarter century, witnessing Japan's economic bubble, its bursting, and the changes that came in its wake. He is a freelance translator and a print and broadcast journalist specializing in business.
Even long-time students of Japan will find the book illuminating and thought-provoking. -Sam Jameson, former Tokyo Bureau Chief of the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times The book explores many important aspects of Japanese society. With help from his book, visitors will certainly better understand the people and their culture. -Travel Pulse In Japan, the process of accomplishing a goal is just as significant, if not more significant, than the actual result-a notable contrast to the West. De Mente defines kata as the 'way things are supposed to be done,' and he educates readers on how the concept has shaped Japan throughout its history and the present. [...] Japan: A Guide to Traditions, Customs and Etiquette is really an exploration of the Japanese psyche. - JQ Magazine This book is great for anyone looking to get deep under the surface of Japanese culture and better understand this fascinating country -Japan Australia blog This book is great for everyone that is interested in the Japanese culture and wants to go beyond the surface of this fascinating country and its people. Especially if you have plans of living in Japan for a longer period of time and/or working with a Japanese company, this book is definitely a must-read. -The Travel Tester blog