I pick up another tidbit every time I visit Japan.
This time it has to do with seating arrangements for meetings. Who sits where is important in Japan as it is all over Asia. The top ranking person sits in the middle with subordinates flanking in descending order to the sides. However, on this trip I discovered that which side of the table groups sit on is also important
. Generally, the host group sits closest to the door or to the wall that backs on to the center of the building. One of my colleagues said that this practice dates back to Samurai times where the host would always want to have easiest access to his house to have an advantage "just in case".
The partner conference went really well. Great attendance & lots of excitement was evident with the partners! Our Japanese team did a wonderful job hosting this fiscal year kick off event.