privacy プライバシー

December 14, 2016     =========

☆  privacy  プライバシー


When you have privacy, it means that you are in a place or situation which allows you to do things without other people seeing or disturbing you. When we talk about people disturbing that privacy, we usually use the verb, “invade.” Invade is used to describe when armies attack other countries. So, as you can see, invading someone’s privacy is a pretty bad thing to do! Just like starting a war!!

This is describing the situation in western culture; privacy is highly valued and invading someone’s privacy – interfering in their life without permission – is considered a terrible thing to do. How about in Japan? Is privacy important? Is invading someone’s privacy OK or not OK to do?