Dear Mr. Jones
I am writing you as an international consultant. I have been observing you as a multicultural team for your American clothing company. I see that you are working together with the Japanese and you guys are a bit behind the plans for the new design.
I understand the differences you and the Japanese are meeting on your work together, when you come from different parts of the world, and the cultures are so contrasting from each other it can be challenging to work together. I want to give you my best recommendation for your company and your new collection and design.
To help you and your company get back on track, I will do my best to solve your problems as well as you can meet your deadline for your new design.
I have a number of suggestions for you that I think could help you as much as possible so that you can get your communication with the Japanese back on a professional level.
The first suggestion I have in mind for you is a brief description of Hofstede’s 6 dimensions, which provides a clear understanding of the cultural differences that you can encounter in a working place with employees from different countries involved.
Of these 6 dimensions, you'll also get a good insight into the Japanese's way of working, and you'll learn their pros and cons to your own team's pros and cons.