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Boyé Lafayette De Mente has been involved with Japan, China, Korea and Mexico since the late 1940s as a member of a U.S. intelligence agency, student, journalist, editor and author working out of Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong, Singapore and Mexico City.

Background Information

Boyé Lafayette De Mente is a graduate of Jochi University in Tokyo, and The American Institute for Foreign Trade (in 1953), now Thunderbird School of Global Management, in Glendale, Arizona, USA.

De Mente wrote the first ever books on the Japanese way of doing business (Japanese Etiquette and Ethics in Business in 1959 and How to Do Business in Japan in 1962), and was the first to introduce the now commonly used Japanese terms wa, nemawashi, kaizen, tatemae-honne, shibui, sabi and wabi to the outside business world!

His 70-plus other books run the gamut from language learning to the night-time "pink" trades in Japan, the role of bars, cabarets and geisha houses in business, the sensual nature of Oriental cultures, male-female relations, and understanding and coping with the Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Mexican mindset in business and social situations.

All of De Mente's  titles appearing in AuthorsDen are published by Phoenix Books/Publishers, and are available in both printed and digital editions. His 50-plus other titles are published by McGraw-Hill and the Periplus-Tuttle-Berkeley Group. Several of his titles have been published by foreign publishers in their respective languages, including: Chinese, Croatian, French, German, Hebrew, Japanese, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

His major books on the business practices and cultures of China, Japan, Korea and Mexico are widely used by consultants and universities. Most of these are also available in digital as well as printed editions.

Birth Place
Redford, MO USA

Nominated for award from Emperor for contributions made to spreading knowledge of Japanese culture abroad.

Additional Information

Taught at Thunderbird School of Global Management in the 1970s; was a regular guest lecturer from the mid-1970s to 2000. Has recently concentrated on books on the foibles and failures of Western cultures, particulary that of the United States.

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Welcome to the Website of Journalist-Author Boye Lafayette De Mente
A brief bio and list of the author's 70-plus books on China, Japan, Korea, Mexico and the U.S.

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A list and summary of the author's business practices, cultural-insight and language books on China, Japan, Korea and Mexico.

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