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What does the "OK" hand sign, used in Western cultures, mean in Japan?



A. "OK"
B. "Screw You"
C. "Money"

This question is part of Cultural Gestures: What do you know?
Asked by BES, Last updated: Jan 30, 2018

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f.Brian

F.Brian

Answered on Jan 28, 2018

The "OK" sign that is commonly used in western culture to signify that something is alright or that you've 'got it' is a very offensive gesture in Japan. In Japan this gesture relates to money and often means that a person is trying to get more money out of a business deal.

If a Japanese business person sees this sign being used toward them they may become highly offended thinking that their fair monetary offer is being looked down upon. Many gestures mean different things depending upon the culture in which you are using them in. Its important to be careful about using gestures when dealing with other cultures.

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Roserod

Roserod

Answered on May 05, 2017

The answer I the question is screw you. An offensive gesture
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John Adney

Money
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John Smith

John Smith

Answered on Oct 20, 2016

"Money"

This sign can be taken as a sign of complete disrespect in Japan, one that can mean we want more money in Business deals!
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