Japanese people generally arrive early and are prepared to start working as soon as work hours begin. They also praise other workers for support, even when they have been of little help in succeeding. When leaving work, the greeting otsukaresama deshita “You’re tired” is often used to those leaving, and the person who is leaving often says osaki ni shitsurei shimasu “I’m sorry to leave before you.” For many workers, it is considered poor form to leave before the boss goes home.


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