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.
Table of Contents
Ch. 1: "Introduction" by Kenji E. Kushida, Yuko Kasuya, and Eiji Kawabata
Ch. 3: "Open Data in Japan: Cultural Tensions Behind Policy Formation" by Tomoaki Watanabe
Ch. 4: "Archives and Public Records Management" by Takashi Koga
Ch. 5: "Does Mandatory Quarterly Financial Reporting Affect Corporate Investment Behavior?" by Tetsuyuki Kagaya
Ch. 6: "Governing and Protecting Information in Intellectual Property Law - Information Governance and Trade Secrets" by Christopher Rademacher
Ch. 8: "Cyber Security Governance in Japan: Two Strategies and a Basic Law" by Motohiro Tsuchiya
Ch. 9: "Privacy Governance in Japan" by Eiji Kawabata
Ch. 10: "False Dawn: The War on Watchdog Journalism in Japan" by David McNeill
Ch. 11: "Information Governance and Election Campaigning in Japan: The Public Offices Election Law in Historical and Comparative Perspective" by Laurie Anne Freeman