Human rights have gained great authority globally, but the debate on their cultural mark and cultural adaption is extensive. On one-hand, Human Rights are a global product. On the other hand, they might have a distinct history and character and are commonly held to be culturally marked by Western philosophy. To sustain their authority in a diverse world they must be legitimated globally without seizing to be human rights. Human rights tip between these two concerns; the need to sustain its core, function and identity, and the need to gain legitimacy across cultural, ideological and religious traditions.
The current Japanese government is working with revisions of the Japanese constitution from 1947. In the pamphlet from the Liberal Democratic Party (currently in office) with Q&As about the proposed revisions, they state:
Rights are gradually formulated through the history, tradition and culture of each community. Therefore, we believe that the provisions concerning human rights should reflect the history, culture and tradition of Japan. (...) [T]he current Constitution includes some provisions based on the Western theory of natural rights. We believe these provisions should be revised.
Through qualitative interviews this project aims at investigating these perceived cultural differences, and conceptions of human rights that reflect the history, culture and tradition of Japan.
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