The Japanese business protocol seminar 

Donna Lee Siple, CEO of Japan-America Society of Tennessee, will present An Introduction to Japanese Business Protocol on Friday, August 28 as part of the 2020 Knox Asian Festival weekend.

The Japanese business protocol seminar will include:
  • Greetings and Introductions
  • Bowing
  • Business Card Exchange
  • Gift Giving
  • Hosting Japanese Visitors
  • Meeting Logistics
  • Relationship Building
Understanding basic Japanese business culture and etiquette helps increase business opportunities, overcome the challenges of doing business and building relationships with Japanese companies and improve communication with Japanese colleagues.
Prior to joining the JAST team, Donna Lee Siple’s direct U.S.-Japan relations experience included tenure as Executive Director of the Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania from 2008 to 2013. Prior to this role, Donna Lee had already garnered extensive Japan-based experience dating back to 1986 when she left her native Pennsylvania to manage a group of native English teachers for a university in Osaka. She also worked as Director of New Business Development for a Japanese consulting firm and established an English Academy in the Kansai region of Japan, named “Jack & Betty,” after the first English primer used in Japan, penned by her very own Uncle Jack.
Established in 2000 to promote friendly relations and cultural understanding between the people of the state of Tennessee and Japan, the Japan-America Society of Tennessee (JAST) is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation, funded by individual and corporate membership fees and grants. Headquartered in Nashville, JAST is overseen by a 25-member volunteer Board of Directors from leading business, institutions and organizations from across the state.
JAST believes that the Japan-Tennessee relationship is important. Every day, JAST educates and promotes cultural awareness for Japanese and American companies in Tennessee. Signature professional development, networking and outreach programs and initiatives drive JAST’s mission to enhance Tennessee’s reputation as a welcoming place and premier business location for Japanese-owned companies. For more information, visit

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