I had this situation at work today. First of all, we’re a medium sized company located in europe. And we had a meeting with approx. 10 people. 4 from our company and the rest from a japanese company. Which I didn’t know at that time. At first the usual businesscard exchange went through, when I noticed that an older man’s name was japanese. On the card was written Vice President, so kinda big deal. At that point I whished to talk to him in japanese and at least greeted and introduced me in japanese to him.
If I’d said “すみません。日本人ですか。” , would that be considered polite enough? Considered that his position was way above mine. I mean, even if it wasn’t polite enough in japan, we’re in europe and he hopefully would have known that I did try to be polite, right?
If he’d said yes, I would throw the normal “はじめまして。私はnameです。どうぞよろしくお願いします。”
Is there a more respectful polite way to introduce one to another in a higher position?