Trust with Asian Characteristics

Interpersonal and Institutional

  • Takashi Inoguchi
  • Yasuharu Tokuda

Part of the Trust book series (TRUST, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Takashi Inoguchi
    Pages 1-10
  3. Interpersonal Trust

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Takashi Inoguchi
      Pages 13-28
    3. Takashi Inoguchi, Satoru Mikami, Seiji Fujii
      Pages 29-46
    4. Yasuharu Tokuda, Takashi Inoguchi
      Pages 89-102
    5. Yasuharu Tokuda, Masamine Jimba, Haruo Yanai, Seiji Fujii, Takashi Inoguchi
      Pages 103-122
    6. Yasuharu Tokuda, Seiji Fujii, Takashi Inoguchi
      Pages 123-139
  4. Institutional Trust

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 141-141
    2. Takashi Inoguchi
      Pages 143-167
    3. Yasuharu Tokuda, Sachiko Ohde, Osamu Takahashi, Shigeaki Hinohara, Tsuguya Fukui, Takashi Inoguchi et al.
      Pages 177-190
  5. Takashi Inoguchi, Yasuharu Tokuda
    Pages E1-E1
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 209-210

About this book


This volume, edited by a political scientist and a practicing medical doctor, is organized into two parts: interpersonal and institutional trust. To gauge trust both interpersonal and institutional in 29 Asian societies, the AsiaBarometer survey, the best—and only—available such data source in the world was used. The survey, focusing on the quality of life in Asia, was carried out in the 2000s in 29 Asian societies (in East, Southeast, South, and Central Asia), and in the United States, Australia, and Russia for comparative analysis.
Trust is a key intermediate variable linking an individual and a broader society. Yet systematically and scientifically assembled data have tended to be narrowly focused on Western societies. In the 2000s non-Western data on the quality of life have steadily increased. The AsiaBarometer survey, however, is the instrument that best examines the quality of life in a large number of Asian societies with nationwide random sampling and face-to-face interviewing, with the number of samples ranging from 1,000 to 3,000.
In gauging interpersonal trust, the question, "Generally, do you think people can be trusted, or do you think that you can't be too careful in dealing with people (i.e., that it pays to be wary of people)?" is asked along with additional questions. In measuring institutional trust, the question is asked: "How much confidence do you place in the following institutions?" (Listed are the central government, the courts, the military, the police, political parties, the parliament, mass media, business companies, medical hospitals, and other institutions.) In examining interpersonal and institutional trust Asia-wide, special attention is paid to historical and geo-cultural backgrounds of the societies being surveyed. Examination of the link between trust of mass media and individual health and between trust in medical care and individual health focuses on Japan.
Among the 12 chapters, 9 are reprints of journal articles published in the 2000s, and the introduction and 2 other chapters were written especially for this book to reflect the latest progress in the field. This work provides a rich source to be consulted by a wide range of readers interested in comparative politics, quality of life, and Asia in general.


trust interpersonal trust institutional trust AsiaBarometer Survey quality of life

Editors and affiliations

  • Takashi Inoguchi
    • 1
  • Yasuharu Tokuda
    • 2
  1. 1.J.F. Oberlin UniversityTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Okinawa Muribushi Project for Teaching HospitalsOkinawaJapan

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Singapore 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-2304-0
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-2305-7
  • Series Print ISSN 2509-7679
  • Series Online ISSN 2509-7903
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