Japanese Executives
Welcome to the video clips that accompany

"Cultural Interviews with Japanese-Speaking Executives"


Cultural Interviews with Japanese-Speaking Executives is a compilation of brief video clips in which Japanese and Japanese-speaking executives discuss cultural issues that are of interest to North Americans. The objective of the interviews is three-fold: First, provide practical cultural information about business topics. The opinions represent those of real people. At times they are even contradictory, but they are designed to be a catalyst for discussion, not a definitive answer about some stereotype. Second, the interviews provide vocabulary in areas within a professional setting. The interviews present diverse vocabulary within the context of each individual's comments. Third, these materials provide non-native speakers of Japanese with multiple examples of natural speech, illustrating the way that speakers really talk.

Instructions to view the video clips

1. At any time you may return to this introduction page by clicking anywhere on the top title bar (the area with the cutout faces of the executives).
2. Under the title bar is a gray strip with the general topics of discussion: Professional, Courtesy, Negotiation, Stereotypes. At any time you may scroll over these titles to see a list of the specific topics. Click on any of the topics to view the interviews.
3. Each interview topic page has thumbnail pictures of the Japanese executives, view their comments by clicking either on the thumbnail picture or on the executive's name. This will open a new window with the video clip.
4. The video clips are saved as embedded QuickTime movies. In the top right corner are three icons. Click [J] to view the Japanese transcription, [E] to view the English transcription, or [N] to view the video without any text at all. Start, stop, and pause buttons are located below the video clip.
5. The video clips may also be downloaded in MP4 format so they can be viewed on an ipod. In order to do so, right click (PC) or control click (MAC) on the small red font. Note: You may need to set the preferences of your browser to recognize the extension "m4v" or "mp4".

Orlando R. Kelm
University of Texas at Austin
Midori Tanaka
University of Texas at Austin