Name card “Meishi” and Seating order “Kamiza-Shimoza”

We, Japanese people think our name card like “face” of ourselves. When we meet first time, we exchange name card- “Meishi” according to Japanese manner.
First, the most upper rank person from our side in the meeting will exchange Meishi with client side’s most upper rank person, next the most upper rank person our in the meeting will exchange Meishi with client side’s 2nd rank person…etc.
After we finish this “Meishi-Kokan (exchange name card) ceremony”, we will start meeting.
We will put on name card on the table like they are taking seats. So you can easily understand who is important person in the meeting.
In Japan, “Kami-za”(上座) and “Shimo-za” (下座) are exist. Kamiza is the very good location in the meeting place. If you are the visitor, you will take a seat in “Kamiza”, the back side of the room.
If you treat your visitor, you should take a seat in Shimoza, the side near from the door of the meeting room.

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Inside of Kami-za and Shimo-za, there is order of taking seats according to seniority (ranking in the organization). The highest ranking person in the meeting should take a seat in the center position.

It may sound funny our custom for you, but it is important for Japanese business people.

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