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Is eye contact required in Japanese culture?

Is direct eye contact offensive in Japan?

  • Japanese people are unaccustomed to direct eye contact in daily life. They look someone in the eye usually in special situations like job interviews. But I don't think direct eye contact is offensive. Maybe most of Japanese don't think so.

Is it rude to look someone in the eye in Japan?

  • If you look someone in the eye, they look away. Direct eye contact is considered rude or intrusive. It’s alright to make brief eye contact, but for the bulk of the conversation you should look somewhere else. If you’re a person dumbfounded by the standoffishness of the Japanese you meet, it could be because they think you’re staring them down.

What does it mean to make eye contact in China?

  • In China, people make eye contact when they are angry. It is meant to challenge the other person and is a sign of disrespect. People will make direct, prolonged eye contact when they are on the defensive or if they are trying to engage in argument. This is especially true when it comes to subordinates and supervisors.

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