Japan Business HoursMost businesses/offices are open on the following hours throughout the year, other than on holidays:
Shops: Mondays - Fridays - 10:00 - 18:00
Saturdays - 09:00 - 13:00
Banks: Mondays - Thursdays - 8:00 - 14:00
Fridays - 08:00 - 13:00
Offices: Mondays - Fridays – 08:30 – 17:30)
Note: If there is a public holiday either on Tuesday or Thursday then often Monday or Friday respectively is a holiday too.
Business MeetingsCustoms for business meetings are similar to those in the west.
An informal meeting in a restaurant typifies the atmosphere and helps to thaw the ice. It is important to point out that in Hungary it is not the custom to raise beer mugs with guests as a toast.
A western business woman should not be surprised if a Hungarian colleague kisses her hand in greeting.