Information Governance in Japan: Towards a Comparative Paradigm

373 Pages Posted: 4 Oct 2017

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Kenji E. Kushida

Stanford University Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center

Yuko Kasuya

Keio University

Eiji Kawabata

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Date Written: August 16, 2016


The history of human civilization has been about managing information, from hunting and gathering through contemporary times. In modern societies, information flows are central to how individuals and societies interact with governments, economies, and other countries. Despite this centrality of information, information governance—how information flows are managed—has not been a central concern of scholarship. We argue that it should be, especially now that digitization has dramatically altered the amount of information generated, how it can be transmitted, and how it can be used.

This book examines various aspects of information governance in Japan, utilizing comparative and historical perspectives. The aim is threefold: 1) to explore Japan’s society, politics, and economy through a critical but hitherto under-examined vantage that we believe cuts to the core of what modern societies are built with—information; 2) articulate a set of components which can be used to analyze other countries from the vantage of information governance; and 3) provide frameworks of reference to analyze each component.

This book is the product of a multidisciplinary, multinational collaboration between scholars based in the US and Japan. Each are experts in their own fields (economics, political science, information science, law, library science), and were brought together in two workshops to develop, explore, and analyze the conception and various of facets of information governance. This book is frontier research by proposing and taking this conception of information governance as a framework of analysis.

The introduction sets up the analysis by providing background and a framework for understanding the conception of information governance. Part I focuses on the management of government-held information. Part II examines information central to economic activity. Part III explores information flows crucial to politics and social life.

Keywords: Information Governance, Information, Japan, Digitization

Suggested Citation

Kushida, Kenji E. and Kasuya, Yuko and Kawabata, Eiji, Information Governance in Japan: Towards a Comparative Paradigm (August 16, 2016). Available at SSRN: or

Kenji E. Kushida (Contact Author)

Stanford University Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center ( email )

Stanford, CA 94305
United States

Yuko Kasuya

Keio University ( email )

2-15-45 Mita
Tokyo, 108-8345

Eiji Kawabata

Minnesota State University, Mankato

150 Morris Hall
Mankato, MN Minnesota 56001
United States

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