Fernando Lanzer recently published on LinkedIn a blog I highly recommend if you want to understand the cultural aspects of apologies better. Like everything in life, culture has a strong influence on the meaning of saying you feel sorry, or asking for an apology. It might come as a surprise, to some, but an apology has quite different connotations in different cultures. To understand the meaning of saying you’re sorry, you need to understand the context: you need to understand the culture. Read his full post here.