“In Japan, people are very respectful of the hierarchy and give it a lot of importance, especially when sharing tasks and responsibilities. One day I asked a question to a French colleague in Japan who was not the person in charge of the topic (but was following anyway). His boss was really upset with me because he did not understand I did not ask him directly. he felt like he was useless. on my side, I just wanted to avoid annoying him for a simple question his subordinate could easily answer.”