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Punctuality is something that many people struggles to get their grip on, and once you get the grip you will never fail from reaching on time anywhere. But in this busy world, if you ask a multitasking person (in today’s era all most everyone is a multitasking person) leave their things for the last moment, it can get best out of you, but not every time, as it can also make you late… very late.

However, according to the great Albert Einstein ‘time is relative’. Turning up a few minutes late to a meeting might be considered as a hideous social faux pas in one country, but a perfectly normal and acceptable behavior in another. So, why this is so? Let us know why and how different countries have different policies on ‘being on time’.

Mr. Gamez has created amazing illustrations showing different cultural peculiarities around punctuality and presented them in a clear way. Scroll down to see:

South Korea

In every manner, South Korea is the countries that are considered as one of the most living-ordered-society. The impact of Confucian principles makes the country people run their daily chores accordingly. Central to this is Kibun, the concept of saving face. As a result, conflict is to be evaded at all costs and one way to avoid any unpleasantness is to be on time, all the time. And to be lax in this regard is to mark oneself out as a cad and a bounder.


If we talk about the punctuality rules there, Malaysian people consider five minutes of delay equal to the sixty minutes late. And being late there is an accepted norm, and usually doesn’t need an apology.


China gives its people grace period to come on time, 10-minutes of the agreed time. If you stuck in some work, traffic, or an emergency, you can manage your time with a grace period, because coming 10-20 minutes late so casual in China and not at all considered as late marking.


One minute late means that you are late from the scheduled time. Japan is well-known in the whole world for their high-rolling gamblers the Japanese just don’t gamble with time, where tardiness generally results in groveling and sincere expressions of deep regret.


Are you 30 minutes late? It is fine! Yeas, it is not uncommon for the people to turn up half an hour late for a scheduled meeting. If you reach on time for the meeting in Mexico you could have to wait for a while.

Author-Simran Bhatnagar

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