Office Location

PO Box 123 Woodbury, NJ 08096-7123
Phone: (800) 276-1232
Fax: (856) 251-1540



Friday Facts with Franklin

A Japanese business card is called a meishi (名刺). Typically the card features the company name at the top in the largest print, followed by the job title and then the name of the individual. The presentation of one's meishi to another person is more formal and ritualistic than that of the Western culture. The card should be held at the top two corners, face up and turned so that it can be read by the person receiving the card. The individual receiving the card would then take it by the bottom two corners using both hands. Placing fingers over the name or other information is considered rude. Upon receiving the meishi, one is expected to read the card over, noting the person's name and rank. The recipient of the meishi then thanks the other person, saying "choudai itashimasu" or "choudai shimasu", and then bows.