Trust pp 61-78 | Cite as

Assurance in Japan, Trust in the US

  • Toshio Yamagishi
Part of the The Science of the Mind book series (The Science of the Mind)


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.


General Trust General Population Sample Stable Relationship Relational Trust Trust Scale 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Behavioral Science Graduate School of LettersHokkaido UniversitySapporoJapan

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