Japan vs. United States

Group members: Eric Tester, Mark Estes, Rong Xu, Sophak Phou, Tara Iback


Different countries have different methods of handling privacy. Japan and the United States are two culturally different countries with views that are as different as night and day. For thousands of years, Japan has been ruled by emperors, which held total control over their subjects. The legal system is modeled after European civil law system with English-American influence. The citizens in Japan do not question their government as much as the citizens of United States. One of the reasons is because the citizens had never had a voice in government. Which could explain strict laws passed by the government. One example of these strict laws included the ban on firearms. It is unlawful for citizens to own a firearm in Japan. The relationship between the Japanese government and the common citizens are like father and son. Much like the Chinese culture, Japan has a government structure like a family unit. Where the father (or emperor) is the monarchy of the household and has a final word in everything. For generations the people viewed the laws and regulation passed by the government as in their own interest. The Japanese has a great deal of pride for their nation. In war world II, Japanese soldiers demonstrated their commitment to the government by following the government's orders even if it cost their lives (the orders included suicide missions and suicide to avoid capture).

The United States is a democratic country. The citizens influenced the laws and regulations passed by congress. A person in the United States has more freedom under the law then any other country in the world. This country was found by the underdogs (namely the persecuted). To ensure that no body else would by persecuted, the fore fathers of this great nation created laws to protect the rights of the weak. The body of laws in this country provided protection against hustle groups as well as hustle government officials. The laws in this country protect the citizens and keep the government in line. In the United States, the citizens are raised to ask questions and stand up against policies that are unjust. The people in the United States have freedom to speak out towards the government without fear of government retaliation.

In many countries of the world, the government has total control of its citizens. In countries like the United States and Japan, citizens can voice their opinion. In the United States, privacy is held valuable and the citizens will do everything possible to protect it. The Japanese had different attitude toward the government than the United States. In the United States, the people believe they need to keep the government in check. While in Japan, citizens are more trusting towards their government.

Presentation Overview:
The Full Scenario
Scenario Aspects
US Response
US Reasoning
Japan Response
Japan Reasoning
Country Comparison

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Author contact information:
Eric Tester
Mark Estes
Rong Xu
Sophak Phou
Tara Ibach