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Discuss the cultural environment of one country in which a U.S.-based MNE exists. Compose two cultural differences between the U.S. and that country, and suggest how different cultures affect the activities and programs of a centralized IHRM. Provide specific examples to support your response.

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Japan is a country in which a U.S.-based MNE exists, in which there are cultural differences between this nation and the U.S... One very important cultural difference between that country and the United States, is the fact that females in that country are expected to be docile and to play subservient roles to their male counterparts. Another cultural difference between the U.S. and that country, is the fact that employees and their companies demonstrate a very strong degree of loyalty to one another, and there is ...

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