During a series of interviews with Japanese company I meet the following pattern already 2 times:
- The interviewer asked me to give some information either by phone or by email.
- I send the required information and received direct unambiguous confirmation of receiving.
- A week later or so either interviewer asked about meeting or I have written a letter with a question about progress.
- The interviewer replied by asking me to re-send the required information or re-confirm already given information by repeating a meeting.
I suppose they just have no progress yet (it is perfect understandable in the situation) but want me to stay engaged.
Is it common practice in Japan to answer status questions in such a manner when there is no actual change in status? Is there any way to ask about progress politely without showing impatience?
Update: In the second case the documents are for the visa (fixed list like High School Diploma, Resume, etc.). The interviewer did wrote that she has successfully downloaded and checked all the documents. The next letter she has asked for exactly the same ones.