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Table 4 Characteristic mentoring relationship as defined by postgraduate mentees of Japanese physician-scientists

From: Influence of national culture on mentoring relationship: a qualitative study of Japanese physician-scientists

Cultural dimensions Themes
Power distance Trustworthy dependence on mentor
Embracing paternalistic mentoring
Mentee’s initiative within expectations of mentor
Individualism/collectivism A sense of loyalty to mentor, organization, or colleagues
Family-like relationship with mentor
Uncertainty avoidance Sense of security on being led by a mentor
Masculinity Motivation by role modeling for the competitive academic world
Adaptation of female mentee/mentor to a male-dominated academic structure
Long-term orientation A long-term relationship between mentor and mentee
Receiving advice for organizational continuity
Indulgence Putting work before leisure
Friendly relationship between mentor and mentee outside of work