in business meetings or home visits, it is generally considered to
good manners for the host to see the visitors off -- to the door, to the
elevator, all the way to the building entrance until they board their
transport, depends on the relationship between the two.
Obviously a very
senior person doesn't escort a very junior one very far.
thing I can say is that the Japanese see the visitors leave and watch
them until they are out of sight (at least eye contact) before turning
heel and return to their office or living room.
Many a Japanese visitor
visiting the U.S., those I used to escort and interpret for, were a bit
dismayed when the host people didn't wait for their limousine or bus to
start moving before they turned their back to the visitors. We don't do
On the other hand, Americans don't seem to expect that sort of
send-off parties, so you don't miss anything."