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Japanese Conceptions of Privacy: An Intercultural Perspective


This paper deals with intercultural aspects of privacy, particularly with regard to important differences between Japanese and the Western views. This paper is based on our discussions with Rafael Capurro – a dialogue now represented by two separate but closely interrelated articles. The companion paper is broadly focused on the cultural and historical backgrounds of the concepts of privacy and individualism in “Western” worlds; our main theme focuses on different concepts of privacy in Japan and their sources in related aspects of Japanese culture. The interrelationship between our two papers is apparent in our taking up identical or similar topics in each paper. Reading our two papers in conjunction with each other will bring about deeper and broader insights into the diverse values and worldviews of Japan and Western cultures that underlie concepts of privacy that at a surface level appear to be similar

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Nakada, M., Tamura, T. Japanese Conceptions of Privacy: An Intercultural Perspective. Ethics Inf Technol 7, 27–36 (2005).

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  • autonomy
  • culture
  • denial of subjectivity
  • Ikai
  • Japan
  • Musi
  • Privacy
  • Seken
  • self
  • Shakai