Few youngsters would follow Snowden’s lead in Japan

Kiyoshi Murata, Yasunori Fukuta, Yohko Orito, Andrew A. Adams

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Abstract

Purpose: This paper aims to deal with the attitudes towards and social impact of Edward Snowden’s revelations in Japan, taking the Japanese socio-cultural and political environment surrounding privacy and state surveillance into account. Design/methodology/approach: A questionnaire survey of 1,820 university students and semi-structured follow-up interviews with 56 respondents were conducted, in addition to reviews of the literature on privacy and state surveillance in Japan. The outcomes of the survey were statistically analysed, and qualitative analyses of the interview results were also performed. Findings: Snowden’s revelations have had little influence over Japanese youngsters’ attitudes towards privacy and state surveillance, mainly due to their low level of awareness of the revelations and high level of confidence in government agencies. Practical implications: The study results imply a need for reviewing educational programmes for civic education in lower and upper secondary education. Social implications: The results of this study based on a large-scale questionnaire survey indicate an urgent necessity for providing Japanese youngsters with opportunities to learn more about privacy, liberty, individual autonomy and national security. Originality/value: This study is the first attempt to investigate the social impact of Snowden’s revelations on Japanese youngsters’ attitudes towards privacy and state surveillance as part of cross-cultural analyses between eight countries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)197-212
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society
Volume15
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017

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Keywords

  • Edward Snowden
  • Japan
  • Privacy
  • Social impact
  • Surveillance

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