Department   Matsuyama University  Department of Business Administration, Faculty of Business Administration
   Position   Professor
Language English
Publication Date 2008/09
Peer Review With peer review
Title Privacy on the edge in the era of e-Money
Contribution Type
Journal Proc. of The ITS Europe Regional Conference 2008 (Sep.18-20,Rome)
Journal TypeAnother Country
Author and coauthor with Shiro Uesugi and Hitoshi Okada
Details データ保存のためページ数なし。One of the most popular “buzz-word” in Japan during 2007 was “DENSHI Money” or, “Electronic Money (e-Money).” During 2007, an extraordinary surge in the demand for this technology resulted in the supplier beinf unable to meet the demand. Before the introduction of “PASMO,” there had been many equivalent contactless smartcards in Japan. However, only after 2007, did “landslide” diffusions occur. Following “PASMO,” different smartcards, such as “nanaco” of Seven & I Corporation, and “WAON” of AEON Corporation, were issued, and the numbers of smartcards in Japan soared exponentially. This is a remarkable phenomenon, and presents a good opportunity for us to consider about how “IT enabled Services (ITeS)” could be accepted and diffused in a social system, and have potential harm to privacy.
In this paper, observations on how this “landslide” penetration occurred, and the consideration about the potential risks and harms on Japanese privacy are presented. Following a discourse about the impact on Japanese privacy, a hypothesis about Japanese privacy concept is presented. The “landslide” penetration occurred, this paper concludes that because that there is no such concept as privacy in Western terms among ordinary Japanese. This paper raises the issue of using Felica as a de facto standard for e-Money under such circumstances.