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United States-Japan Intercultural Biz Nite (E-US01)


  • Discuss and learn about American culture, communication and working style online - whilst enjoying the local food and drink

  • Understand key differences and closeness with Japan - and discuss how to do diverse teamwork between the two countries - mixing the best of both.

  • Enjoy the history, culture, arts, sports and innovation of America and its relations with Japan


USA Mar 25, Mon 21:00 - 22:30

Join our US-Japan Biz Nite Mon Oct 30 21:00 JST for an interactive evening of bilingual discussion and networking. Our theme is USA East Coast, and our speaker Kei Sakaguchi, the Director for Japan at Virginia Economic Development Partnership, will talk a little about Virginia culture, lifestyle and business opportunities. Also we’ll have a team quiz on “How well do you know modern US culture?” and discussion on the myths and realities of US business culture, and typical similarities and differences with Japan. Especially what we like about each others’ cultures, and how to bridge any gaps in communication and leadership styles. It’s first time free. More info here:

Participants :

  • American and Japanese business people who work with or love each other's countries. Other nationalities interested in learning more about America.

Workshop Flow (90 mins) :

This event will repeat regularly so we'll just cover two or three items per part in each workshop, to make sure you have time to talk together in breakouts.


Part 1: Quick Tour

  1. Introductions

  2. Food and drink, restaurants etc: Popular generally in the United States kampai! Feel free to purchase some of these American products listed below to enjoy and to feel connected to the US during our event

  3. Country overview - past and future

  4. Relationship with Japan

  5. Useful phrases

BREAKOUT 1: Our mutual connections.

US Drinks and Snacks you could prepare at home!

1. Coke

2. Budweiser Beer

3. Jack Daniels Bourbon Whiskey

4. Doritos and Pringles


  • Part 2: Business Culture Focus

    1. Intro: Intercultural communication:, working styles (Differences and similarities with Japan)

    2. Expat and locals here - interviews

    3. Economy/Companies/brands

    4. Innovation/Inventions

    5. Business trends/global projects (Eg sustainability/Clean energy)

BREAKOUT 2: Our business culture experiences (Approx 10 mins)


Part 3: Business Culture Focus

  1. Lifestyle Focus (Region/City)

  2. Daily customs and lifestyle

  3. Fashion/Art/Music/Movies /Sport /Comedy

  4. History/famous people

  5. Flag and story

  6. Geography/Travel Spots

Team quiz: (option)

BREAKOUT 3: Our enjoyable experiences

Speaker profile

Kei Sakaguchi is Director for Japan at Virginia Economic Development Partnership, and will talk a little about Virginia culture, lifestyle and business opportunities.

Kei is a communications and External Affairs executive with over 20 years of experience at Japanese and US global companies, with strong cross-cultural and bilingual skills. He previously served as the country representative for Japan for Eurasia Group, the world's leading political risk advisory and consulting firm. And he is President of FCC (Forum for Corporate Communications)


  • Establishing a baseline familiarity with a culture that is often misunderstood, and has a very different way of doing business compared with Japan.

  • Much of the fun of traveling is meeting local people, learning about the culture and enjoying food and drink. Biz Nites help you travel the world from the comfort of your sofa.

  • Enjoy networking and practicing your intercultural communication and language skills in a relaxing, friendly community. We regularly repeat each country's event with new topics, and you can "visit" other country events

Upcoming Biz Nites: (Via Zoom, all times JST)

UK - England, Xmas Dec 19, Tue 21:00 - 21:30

ASEAN - Philippines Jan 15, Mon 21:00 - 22:30

ASEAN - Thailand Jan 22, Thu 21:00 - 22:30

EU- Ireland Jan 30, Wed 21:00 - 22:30

Australia Feb 5, Mon 21:00 - 22:30

ASEAN - Malaysia Feb 13, Tue 21:00 - 22:30

EU - Italy Feb 26, Mon 21:00 - 22:30

China Mar 11, Mon 21:00 - 22:30

EU - France Mar 14, Thu 21:00 - 22:30

US Mar 25, Mon 21:00 - 22:30

  • China Mar 11, Mon 21:00 - 22:30

  • EU - France Mar 14, Thu 21:00 - 22:30

  • US Mar 25, Mon 21:00 - 22:30



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