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Do you think digital networking will do away with business cards?

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Our company, despite promoting themselves to be "global and ahead", still teaches new employees how to bow and exchange cards in 2024. So my answer to this is, not quite yet. These types of digital networks have been around for some time now and they don't seem to be going anywhere.

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Do you think digital networking will do away with business cards?

Ask me that question again when there are ZERO hankos used or sold in Japan.

-1 ( +5 / -6 )

I don't see Japan giving up business cards anytime soon. But they are pretty much already obsolete here in Canada. I haven't had a single person give me a business card here that I can recall.

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No, not in Japan. Business cards are still used by millions every day. They will be around for a lot longer. Faxes are still very useful during a disaster when there is no internet. I love using my hanko much more interesting than a signature and will also remain since there are no signatures in Japanese. There are digital hankos.

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

Business cards are useful to see what characters the person uses for their name. It is much easier to remember a name when you know the characters.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

If "digital networking" means less face-to-face contact then the number of cards used may fall. But I think people will still use them when they meet in person. After all, they can have a phone number and e-mail address on them to support future online contact. Here in Scotland, I seem to be getting more cards from tradespeople such as joiners, electricians, and even my local barber.

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I haven’t gotten a business card from a western company employee in all 30+ years of my life. Until I came to Japan and was flooded with them. Every other year I just toss out a huge stack of these things from all kinds of places

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In Japan, not a chance. On a personal note I have always found them a bit helpful during meetings. I am terrible at remembering names, so I just line up the business cards in front of me in the order that people sit on the other side of the table.

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I just line up the business cards in front of me in the order that people sit on the other side of the table.

Saved me dozens of times.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Still useful back home,with email and emergency phone number for plumber, electricians,etc.

Plus you can pop them up on the noticeboards in corner shops.

And pass them on to your friends.

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When I get a business card I digitalise it on my iPhone.

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