Cross Cultural Comparison On Japan And The United States

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Cross-cultural comparison on Japan and the United States The 1986 film Gung Ho, depicts significant cultural distinctions within Japan and the United States. These conflicts between Japan and the US play a significant role in how business gets accomplished and how the two cultures have similarities yet such distinct worldviews. The conflicts presented are shown through the lens of the Hofstede’s six dimensions of culture; Power Distance, Individualism, Masculinity, Uncertainty Avoidance, Long-term orientation, and Indulgence. Power Distance According to International Management, Power Distance is defined as “the extent to which less powerful members of institutions and organizations accept that power is distributed equally”” (120). The US scoring a 40 while Japan scoring 54 seems like accurate rating after watching how the Japanese and Americans interact with each other. Power Distance plays a major role in the movie because it shows how the Japanese and US cultures are not equal. The Japanese appear to have a more structured and dominant way of working while the US group is more uncontrolled. Although power is not distributed equally in the US either, the movie shows Hunt step into a higher position while still remaining equal to the other workers. More specifically, the Japanese allows Hunt to hold his position while still holding him to the same standards as everyone else. They expect him and other workers to simply comply with their way of working which does not exactly happen. Individualism Individualism is defined as “the tendency of people to look after themselves and their immediate family only” (121). Individualism is very prominent in the film and is the biggest conflict the Japanese and Americans have with each othe... ... middle of paper ... ...rywhere in the world without modification” (129). This theory could have been used less while both cultures could have used the theory of simplification more. The theory of simplification is” the process of exhibiting the same orientation toward different cultural groups” (154). They could have avoided much conflict by having an understanding of how they do business before they opened the factory. In closing, the 1986 film Gung Ho, depiction of cultural distinctions within Japanese and the United States cultures shows how conflicts arise in between them. These conflicts between Japan and the US play a significant role in how business gets accomplished and how the two cultures have similarities yet such distinct worldviews. If the Japanese men used less universalism and both cultures used more simplification they could have avoided much of the conflicts presented.

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