Japanese business culture and etiquette in Tokyo

Ref: 10003222


Final year students enrolled on Creative Management and Marketing (ENTE35062) together with first year student enrolled on Academic development and professional practice ENTE1203 are eligible to participate in this opportunity. Students enrolled onto ENTE1251, ENTE2535 and ENTE3506 modules will also be considered for this opportunity. The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 40 and the minimum the trip will go ahead with is 10. DMU staff will be accompanying the group.

DMU students are only eligible to receive one academic-led trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.


Tokyo has 728,710 established businesses, and is a thriving hub for international corporations, however cultural differences can create roadblocks to successful international business ventures throughout Japan. In order to alleviate this, students will be given a rare ‘pre graduate’ opportunity to meet the global leader of Human Resources for Sojitz in Tokyo and spend time developing their understanding of this Japanese global conglomerate.

The students will be given the opportunity to explore the companies business model and meet staff, developing communication methods and gaining an understanding and an insight of successful navigation through the complexities of the Japanese business cultures.

They will focus their time developing understanding of Japanese HR (recruiting/developing/utilising) and be given the opportunity to meet staff and ask questions. Cultivating personal relationships with others will be crucial to any future Japanese business success. Students can consider cultural intelligences and develop their understanding of barriers to global business markets.

Students will also get the opportunity to spend time learning about the Waseda Business School in Tokyo, where they will gain an insight into japanesse education and further develop their global communication skills and understanding of cultural differences.

Along with Norway and the US, Japan dominates the worlds 100 largest fishing organisations, one of which is Tsukiji fish market. In conjunction with the United Nations sustainable development Goal: 14: Life below water, students will visit: Tsukiji fish Market, also known as the ‘Wall street of fish’ its the largest Fish market in Japan and previously the Planet! Undertaking an exploration of the market, students will to seek to gain an understanding of the fish supply chain and sustainability, and the impact Tsukiji wholesalers has on smaller independent fisher-people.

Cultural activities

April is a perfect time to take in the world famous cherry blossom in Tokyo. Yoyogi Park is a top cherry blossom viewing spot with convenient access from Shinjuku and Shibuya. It is the third largest park in Tokyo and has 730 cherry trees in total. Students can view cherry blossoms while sitting on the grass in the middle of the square and enjoying hanami bento, a real cherry blossom lunch.

There are many beautiful places in Japan and one of them is Yokohama. It is the second largest city by population after Tokyo and located in the Kanagawa Prefecture, and part of the Greater Tokyo Area. It is a major commercial hub of the Greater Tokyo Area and a prominent port city in Japan. Students will get the train from Tokyo for a short journey to Yokohama where they will then board a boat (£30) to take in the sights and lights from the sea, before exploring and grabbing dinner, in the worlds largest China town!

Ueno is a popular part of Tokyo with great local vibes and attractions such as the lively market, large park, museums, zoo, shrines and Imperial Palace. Students will be given the day to explore this area and decide on the best cultural venues to suit their interests.

There will also be an optional trip for students to take the JR train line to Kamakura, a seaside Japanese city, south of Tokyo, which is popular with both surfers and windsurfers.  Kamakura also offers numerous shrines, temples and traditional markets to explore. We will then board the famous ‘Enoden’ train to Fujisawa, the old capital of Japan, to take in the sights, before returning back to Tokyo.

Travel and accommodation

  • Travel – Students are required to independently book their travel.
  • Accommodation – The faculty will book accommodation for this opportunity, and students will be expected to pay in-country.

Contact details

Visa information

If you have a British Citizen or British National (Overseas) or EU passport, you can enter Japan as a visitor for up to 90 days without a visa. You may need to provide evidence of a return or onward ticket. Students of other nationalities should check the entry requirements on the Japanese Embassy website.

Further information will be provided to all accepted students who require a visa, regarding the type of visa required and how to apply for it, at the pre-departure session. If you have any specific questions about this please email dmuglobal@dmu.ac.uk for advice. If a visa is required, you are responsible for applying for one and ensuring that you do so with sufficient time to receive the visa prior to departure. Please be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Friday 3 April 2020
  • Return date: Monday 13 April 2020
  • Estimated cost of travel and accommodation: £1200
  • Students will also be required to pay for: UK and in-country transfers and travel, food & drink, cultural activities and visa (if applicable)
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £400
  • Deadline for application: Monday 21 October 2019 9am