Privacy. An Intercultural Perspective

ArticleinEthics and Information Technology 7(1):37-47 · February 2005with8 Reads
Impact Factor: 0.56 · DOI: 10.1007/s10676-005-4407-4


    This paper deals with intercultural aspects of privacy, particularly with regard to differences between Japanese and Western
    conceptions. It starts with a reconstruction of the genealogy of Western subjectivity and human dignity as the basic assumptions
    underlying Western views on privacy. An analysis of the Western concept of informational privacy is presented. The Japanese
    topic of ‘‘denial of self” (Musi) as well as the concepts of Seken, Shakai and Ikai (as analyzed by the authors of the companion piece on privacy in Japan) give rise to intercultural comparisons. The paper
    addresses the question of privacy in cyberspace and mass media. Finally the question of freedom of speech is related to the
    Japanese concepts of Ohyake and Watakusi.