29 Things You Should Never Do In Japan

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Don’t Call A New Japanese Friend By Their First Name Alone

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As you will most likely get to make at least a few new Japanese friends, make sure that you know the proper way on how to address them after being introduced. Don’t just address or call them by their last name alone as you should be adding the word “san” as a way of being polite. Family names are more commonly used in Japan, especially in business settings. However, since the Japanese know that Westerners use their first name, it would be common for them to address you by your first name followed by “san.” For younger people like those in school, the boys’ last name is followed by “kun,” while the girls’ are followed by “chan.”