I "hired" a Japanese freelancer who had worked for us before, when she was an employee at one of our satellite offices (she no longer works for us). Â Before she performed the work, I asked her twice to tell me what her fees would be. Â She never answered. Â Her plane ticket was scheduled, so I let it go and thought I would straighten it out eventually. Â After she did the work, I asked for an invoice. Â Same lack of response. Â Finally, after pressing a little more, she told me she had volunteered and didn't want to be paid. Â A Japanese friend of mine told me that I should have set the rate and paid her, as the Japanese are not used to negociating their salary. Â But she refused to give me a routing number to a bank, and I hated to send money to someone who refuses it, in fear of offending her. Â I should add I am not terribly familiar with Japanese customs. So in the end I sent her a glass sculpture from Tittot as a gift. Â She seemed to be very grateful for it. This person is so impenetrable, I don't think I can ever get her to tell me what she really thinks. Any suggestions? Â Reactions? Â I might want to use her again.