7 Principles of Japanese Work Culture That We Should Emulate, Make Productive


Japanese Working Culture – Japan is known as a nation that has discipline and high level of productivity. Because this is what makes Japan finally become an Asian country whose economic level is aligned with developed countries in the Americas and Europe.

According to data from the OECD, an organization for economic cooperation and development, the working hours of Japanese workers from 2011-2014 are very high, ranging from 1,728-1,745 per year. Well a very high number isn’t it?

What about Indonesians? If averaged 6 hours a day in 5 working days, we have 30 hours of work a week. But because in Indonesia “many holidays” finally we are often confused with the holiday period.

Don’t worry, let’s learn from the japanese work culture. The fighting spirit is high and we must emulate this.


Bushindo is a principle about the spirit of hard work passed down through generations. This spirit resulted in a tireless Japanese learning process. Bushindo emphasizes sincerity, simplicity, and loyalty.

This principle is often attributed as a path to samurai. The Bushindo Principle is divided into seven goodness. Well what are you doing?

  1. Integrity, which is sincerity and honesty. (Gi) taught us to be honest while dealing with everyone. Believing in self-righteousness, and considering everything according to the principle of honesty is a value emphasized in the goodness of this one.
  2. courage

Japan always holds courage in every struggle. Every worker must be brave to take risks, be smart, and be strong.

  1. Compassion

Strength and intelligence are used to spread goodness through the nature of compassion. Japanese people always help others on all occasions.

  1. Respect for others

In addition to the nature of compassion, respect for respect is also developed in Japanese work culture. It means they can’t be cruel.

  1. Honesty

Unlike Indonesians who are full of promises, for the Japanese to speak and do is one common act.

  1. Honor

Honor is owned by oneself. It means that the decisions made are a reflection of yourself.

  1. Loyalty and responsibility

The Famous Japanese are very responsible. What they say, what they do, must be accompanied by consequences that must be borne


Samurai principle is the principle of not giving up easily. The spirit is not easily given up is not used when fighting, but is used to build the economy, maintain self-esteem, honor the nation, until the soul never gives up facing natural disasters, especially earthquakes and tsunamis.

Now this is the Japanese work culture that we are supposed to emulate. In building a great nation, we must not give in to the obstacles and challenges that will arise. With this spirit of not giving up easily we certainly achieved progress.


The concept of Japanese work culture Keishan demands seriousness, craft, interests and beliefs until finally give birth to the willingness to always learn from others. The trick is to be a creative, innovative, and productive worker.

This is what drives the Japanese to keep innovating. Until now, innovation from Japan brought a lot of changes to the world, especially the field of technology. If Indonesia wants to model, diligently innovate.


Kaizen’s principle is optimal cost and time in producing high quality products. This is what encourages the Japanese to commit highly to the work and complete as scheduled so as not to cause waste.

If you don’t follow the schedule, the completion of the work will be slow and eventually cause losses. Therefore, companies in Japan apply “timely” regulations to their workers.

This Japanese work culture builds optimal productivity. This means that in work must be efficient, not excess and not short of time. This encourages balance in work.


The company’s disciplined work culture is a reference to performance. But in the implementation is still due to the demands. Meanwhile, in Japan, this kind of discipline and spirit of work is what forms a positive attitude and mental work. Discipline also makes workers obedient and loyal to the company.

They want to do anything for the success of the company. In fact, they are able to work overtime without expecting additional pay. This shows that the workers are already completely loyal to the company. Because, if the company is profitable, I also profit.


In Japan, workers who return home early are considered uninsportant and unproductive workers. This is based on the value of work discipline and the amount of time spent at work.

Without any supervisors, Japanese workers will work well, dedicatedly, and disciplinedly. This means that the Japanese do not rely on the judgment of superiors. As long as they understand the performance, the work performance will remain the same even without supervision. That’s cool, isn’t it?


When you’re at work, there’s no more workers chatting and joking. They immediately work according to their respective work. It wasn’t until it was time for lunch that they immediately stopped work and joked with co-workers.

This Japanese work culture must also be imitated. Focus on what we do and don’t think about anything else just now. Every activity has its time, every job and break. Focus on what we’re dealing with first.

Now that’s the Japanese work culture that makes Japanese people very productive and advanced. You can very much replicate their culture to apply in your productivity plans.

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