With the lack of research and awareness about foreigner integration in the Japanese business working environment, this thesis delves into the underlying factors that influence the perceptions of foreigner integration and social inclusion. Key topics include the history of Japanese business culture, the major differences between American and Japanese business culture, the psychological implications of culture shock on integration, the possibility of ‘below surface’ foreigner integration in the working environment, and the recommended actions by foreigners for better social acceptance and adaptation to the culture. Through observations and interviews, it was discovered that ‘below surface’ integration is possible. However, it is on contingency to the perceptions of the individual based on their efforts, attitudes, and stage of culture shock. Individuals must possess the motivation and self-efficacy essential to proactively learning and understanding the culture to effectively adjust behaviors and norms to achieve social integration and social inclusion.

Semester/Year of Award

Fall 2017


Yoshie Nakai

Mentor Professional Affiliation


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Open Access Thesis

Document Type

Bachelor Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars

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Department Name when Degree Awarded

Management, Marketing, and International Business

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