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A lot to learn from Japanese

Released at: 10:51, 21/04/2016

A lot to learn from Japanese

Workshops hears that following Japanese ideals would increase workplace productivity in Vietnam.

by Nhi Linh

There are many things Vietnamese people could learn from the Japanese, Chairman of the Liaison Committee for Overseas Vietnamese and former Vietnamese Ambassador to Japan H.E. Nguyen Phu Binh told a workshop on workplace efficiency in Hanoi on April 20.

The first thing is the extreme honesty of Japanese. Ambassador Binh recalled the difficult period for the Japanese in the wake of the tsunami in 2011. When aid arrived people did not try to collect as much as possible, but instead collected just enough for their families.

The Japanese also express their honesty at school and in supermarkets and stores, he said, regardless of who they are dealing with, whether taxi drivers or service workers.

When shopping at supermarkets or convenience stores, even when the change is 1 Yen ($0.009), cashiers will always return it to customers. If customers don’t receive their change the cashier will face a dilemma.

Meanwhile, Japanese people teach their children discipline before teaching them knowledge. In Vietnam, however, this is reversed. For this reason the discipline of Vietnamese workers is less than it could be.

Ms. Bui Thi Hong Lien, General Director of the FPT Software Joint Stock Company, who spent many years in Japan, said that although Vietnamese are very smart they often lack a general plan when working.

Vietnamese workers often don’t adopt sound working processes. For example, the productivity of an engineer would be double or even triple in Japan compared to Vietnam.

The “Japanese for Everyone” contest was also introduced at the workshop, sponsored by the Liaison Committee for Overseas Vietnamese. It will be officially launched on June 1 and end on August 8, aimed at supporting plans to promote and develop the study of Japanese trends in Vietnam.

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