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post #16 of 30
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Or you can always use your cell to check the time.

Baby Jesus just started crying.
post #17 of 30
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Baby Jesus just started crying.

post #18 of 30
Disgusting--a cell phone watch.
post #19 of 30
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Originally Posted by Bic Pentameter
Dirk and Jose:
I usually have 5-10 business cards tucked into my wallet, just in case. Always having them is one thing. I suspect that there are times where a Japanese person might exchange them because it is the polite thing to do, but an American wouldn't. For example, I wouldn't hesitate to exchange business cards at a wedding in Japan. I'd be more reluctant to do so at a wedding in the US.

Bic
When it's awkward or the other person doesn't have cards, I use a notebook function in my cell phone to take down information in a pinch.
post #20 of 30
My Professor told me to respect Japanese men's business cards because he picked his nails with one once a lost an account
post #21 of 30
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Originally Posted by Ramses
My Professor told me to respect Japanese men's business cards because he picked his nails with one once a lost an account

In terms of Japanese business card etiquette, this would be considered among the most apalling forms of behavior imaginable. Business cards are seen as an extension of the person and should be respected as such.
post #22 of 30
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Originally Posted by Bic Pentameter
Nantucket:
In mid August, I moved back to the US. I will make very regular trips to Japan, but have established a lair in North America. I bought the 5014 in yellow gold. You may see a picture here:
http://www.timetunnel-jp.com/used_list_frame.html


Bic

This Gondolo? Very versatile choice.

Looks like I'm the last one of that group of us who met last year who's still here.
post #23 of 30
Always have cards. It's one thing to thrust them upon people, but if another person asks for your card or wishes to follow-up with you on a conversation, it's far better to offer a card than to write your phone number/email address on a napkin.
post #24 of 30
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Originally Posted by LabelKing
Disgusting--a cell phone watch.

But there is historical precedent from the golden age of men's style...

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Aaah! Aaaaaah!
post #26 of 30
I would also add that there are black-tie events and then there are black-tie events . . . purely social occasions like weddings, dinner parties and club dinners call for a purer approach than do business related parties IMHO. I say wear the watch and keep some cards on hand.

P.S. And this "free-spirit" advice comes from a guy that wears a midnight blue one-button grosgrain peak lapel tuxedo and calf pumps to black-tie events, and I wouldn't look twice at cards or the watch at said dinner . . . okay, maybe twice at the watch just to admire it. ;-)
post #27 of 30
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Originally Posted by Nantucket Red
Business cards are seen as an extension of the person and should be respected as such.

We get the same reminder in negotiations with Asian ocean vessel operators. When the senior people came from Taipei, they were very formal and cards (once exchanged) were placed on the table in order of hierarchy during the meeting. I was able to prep our team on card etiquette (beforehand), which avoided some unpleasantries. If I could have gotten everyone to wear suits (on our side), that would have been nice too. We got what we wanted, which was a good thing.
post #28 of 30
Regardless of formality, I say damn the watch rule, especially when you have a new gold PP. I don't care what the event is, my watch is probably the most interesting thing I will encounter while there.
post #29 of 30
oh and dont forget to hand it to them holding the card with both hands and with a slight bow.
post #30 of 30
Thread Starter 
I wore my watch, and took my business card case filled with cards. For what it is worth, only two people wanted to exchange cards. The Consul General from Japan took it as a matter of course that business cards needed to be exchanged. A big busted, tatooed Austrian woman gave me her card with a hotmail address on it. Make of that what you will.

Bic
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