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Human Rights Philosophy and Japanese Culture

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Trond Jørgensen, Lecturer

Intercultural Understanding Program

NLA University College, Bergen


Based on research of how some Japanese relate to the first article of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, this paper aims  to discuss Japanese anthropology (view of Human Nature) in relation to the key concepts of the first article of the UDHR.

The first article states that: ”All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood”. How are the claims that we are ”born free”, ”born equal in dignity and rights” and ”endowed with reason and conscience” perceived by the Japanese informants? And how does the demand to ”act towards one another in the spirit of brotherhood” relate to Japanese culture?

Confucian philosophy highly influences Japanese culture and society, as the findings confirm. On the basis of my findings it will be discussed how Japanese Confucianism relates to the claims about human nature in the first article of the UDHR.

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