James opened the email. It was from the Corporate Development Department of Toyobishi—one of the biggest companies in Japan. The Japanese wanted to buy a company in his portfolio for global expansion. It sounded like a promising deal, but none of his staff spoke Japanese.
The above story is fiction, but something like this can happen to you. If it has already happened, translation services will help you. Here are some of the reasons why:
Translation enables you to know what Japanese business people are really thinking.
Translation makes it easy for Japanese business people to trust your company despite the cultural gap.
Translation assists you to take a friendly approach.
English is the de facto global language of business today—many countries, including Japan, teach English at school. Maybe you can do business with them in English from beginning to end. But what if Japanese translations speed up the process, change the way they see you, and open more doors?
I want to make a good first impression
How do I negotiate?
I'm sending a report to the LP in Japan
Gee, I have to read all those documents in English?