Assurance in Japan, Trust in the US
In Chap. 4, I presented the argument that trust toward others in general emancipates people from the confines of stable relationships and, thus, having a high level of general trust may serve one’s self-interest when the level of opportunity costs is high. The argument was summarized as the emancipation theory of trust. In this chapter, I present results of a USA–Japan comparative questionnaire survey my colleagues and I conducted to test some of the propositions mentioned earlier, and examine whether or not the USA–Japan differences predicted by the theory actually exists.
KeywordsGeneral Trust General Population Sample Stable Relationship Relational Trust Trust Scale
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