This article examines the Japanese causative expression "sasete itadaku" and argues its function as a linguistic politeness strategy in communication. It further develops that "sasete itadaku" is a skillful and creative linguistic device used to promote “face” in not only inter- and intracompany business communications, but in everyday interpersonal communication, as well.
""With Your Permission": A Negotiation Strategy of "Face" in Contemporary Japanese,"
Global Business Languages: Vol. 15
, Article 7.
Available at: http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/gbl/vol15/iss1/7