20+ Important Japanese Business Vocabulary That Will Unleash Your Career Potential


Are you considering working in a Japanese company? So, you should grasp some advanced Japanese business vocabulary and phrases. Sure, I’d be happy to help you out!

Many said traveling to Japan and living there are two completely different chapters in the book of life. Japan is like a thrilling roller coaster of fun and excitement, with surprises waiting around every corner. But hold on because living in Japan and working in a Japanese office is a different ball game. It’s like stepping into a whirlwind of cultural differences and mind-boggling customs.

You might be scratching your head and wondering if you accidentally stumbled into an alternate universe. It’s a love-hate relationship that can make you turn your back on Japan.

Let me tell you, living in Japan can be quite an adventure! And sometimes, that adventure can be a little tough, especially when working in the Japanese business world. But hey, it’s all part of the experience, right? Japan’s a land filled with countless manners to navigate, but first, you must use the correct Japanese vocabulary.

So, get ready for the realm of Japanese business vocabulary together!

Unique Japanese Business Culture

As already mentioned, the Japanese language places heavily on honorifics. So, aside from using humble language, polite language, and respectful language in business settings, there are several things to keep in mind. And here are some quick ways to share.

  • In Japan, companies follow a hierarchical system, which means knowing how to address someone properly is important. This includes using the correct name and respectful word choices, especially in business meetings.
  • Dressing professionally is crucial for business.
  • When it comes to exchanging a business card, it’s considered proper etiquette to use both hands.
  • Having a business dinner isn’t just about chatting; there are certain steps to follow.

Believe me, there’s more to it than just the few points I mentioned above. If you want to learn about business etiquette in Japan and how to impress Japanese clients, you should read up on it.

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Important Japanese Business Vocabulary

When you hear a casual and business conversation, you’re left pondering, “Is this even the same language we’re speaking?” It’s a linguistic maze that can leave you feeling like you’ve entered the dark communication zone.

So, you’re thinking about working in a Japanese company, huh? Well, let me tell you, they don’t mess around regarding language skills! To even be considered, you’ll need to have a high level of Japanese proficiency, like the JLPT N2. But wait, there’s more! Some companies are even more demanding and want you to have the highest level, the JLPT N1. It’s like they’re searching for language ninjas or something. So, if you’re up for the challenge, start sharpening those language skills and get ready to impress those Japanese companies with your linguistic prowess!

Let’s navigate the Japanese business vocabulary and decode the enigmatic language that sometimes feels like a distant cousin to our everyday conversation.

Client company, business connection, trade partner取引先Torihikisaki
Agenda, topic of discussion議題Gidai
Schedule, agenda日程Nittei
Agreement document合意書Goisho
Contract document契約書Keiyakusho
Approval, consent, acknowledgement了承Ryoushou
Delivery time, appointed date of delivery, due date for payment納期Nouki
Notification, notice通知Oshirase
Terms, conditions条件Jouken
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Useful Japanese Business Phrases

Even basic greeting phrases like “good morning” have casual and formal ways to say them, such as saying おはよう ご ざ い ます (ohayou gozaimasu) for polite style and saying solely おはよう (ohayou) to your friends. Then, in a Japanese firm, there are various phrases to use with an office worker, boss, and customer. So, let’s go over the most popular ones.

Can I have your business card?お名刺をいただけますか?Meishi o itadakemasu ka
Please confirmご確認くださいGokakunin kudasai
Thank you for your kind cooperation.お世話になりますOsewa ni narimasu
Let us establish a mutually beneficial relationship.お互いに利益が得られる関係を築きましょうOtagai ni rieki ga erareru kankei o kizukimashou
I got it, I understand承知いたしましたShouchi itashimashita
I’ll go and comeback行って今入りますI’ll go and come back
I’m back. (This is a polite way of saying that I have returned after leaving the workplace for a meeting or appointment.)ただ今戻りましたTadaima modorimashita
Thank you for your hard workお疲れ様ですOtsukaresamadesu
Excuse me for leaving early (I’ll leave now)お先に失礼しますOsakini shitsurei shimasu
I am terribly so sorry.申し訳ございませんMoushiwake gozaimasen

In Summary

As you can see, this advanced business Japanese vocabulary is an honorific language meant to be utilized with certain people in a business setting. This aspect of Japanese culture will demand a significant amount of effort in your studies, but if you achieve that level of fluency, you will undoubtedly feel rewarded!

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