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BUSINESS STYLE ビジネススタイル

Q. Can you tell us more about
Japanese business style?

A.Business dress and the items required will vary widely depending on industry and job category. Although a suit with jacket is fundamental for both men and women when interviewing or meeting with clients, the dress code may be more casual for IT or design-related employers, and in summer some employers may not require the jacket or necktie to be worn.

Employee A
Overseas sales,
manufacturing industry

BUSINESS STYLE

Face & hair
I shave my face daily. I wear my hair to a length that does not cover my ears. I use hair styling product each morning.
Fingernails
I keep my fingernails short. This is because my fingers are often highly visible when describing or presenting my company's products to clients.
Suit
I choose sober, conservative colors. Dark blue, gray, or black are basic. A jacket is required. My suit needs to impart a sense of calm and security to my clients.
Watch
When meeting with clients, I cannot use my smartphone to check the time, so I wear a watch every day.
Shirt
Long-sleeved white shirts worn with a necktie are basic. I wear long sleeves even in hot weather.
Shoes
Black or brown in color. Choosing the same color as my belt is a cardinal rule. Shoes are always well polished.
Socks
In Japan, you often need to remove shoes before entering a tatami mat room, so my socks must be unremarkable and the same color as my suit. White socks are not allowed.
Bag
A bag or case is essential. Japan is quite safe, so I can carry it by hand. My bag is black. It should be large enough to transport documents without folding.

Employee B
Commercial company,
trade affairs

BUSINESS STYLE

Face & hair
For make-up, I always apply foundation and lipstick. My hair is usually kept back in some way. Hair ties and accessories are in black, dark blue, or brown to give a serious impression.
Inner (Blouse, shirt, knitwear)
I often wear white, black or gray. I often wear shirts made from jersey cloth in summer and knitwears in winter. I vary the color and material depending on the season and the jacket I am wearing.
Suit
I only wear a jacket when I meet with customers. I generally wear a knee-length skirt that matches the color of the jacket.
Accessories
I don't have to wear any accessories. However, on some days I wear a simple necklace and earrings.
Shoes
Generally I wear pumps with a heel. I have a black pair and a brown pair. I walk quite a lot on my commute, so I change my shoes every other day.
Stockings
I always wear stockings in summer and black tights in winter. I always keep a spare pair in the office in case they run.
Bag
A black or brown bag with an inconspicuous design and logo is simple and easy to use. It's best to have a bag in which you can carry documents without having to fold them.
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