Though users of Facebook are increasing in Japan, there are still many people balking at it, because of the rule to use “real name” there. Is is said here, though I’m not sure, that a user with nickname might be deleted his account. To reveal the “real name” or not is therefore a serious matter for many Japanese.
It is attributed to Japanese nature in favor of staying anonymous or reluctance to taking initiative, lack of responsibility. etc. But I think the problem lies in that there are always some people in Japan who would like to do something mischievous, or even malicious, on private information of others.
Decades ago there was such an incident – in the plot of a comic on a famous newspaper, the author showed a telephone number, for which he had set numbers randomly. Unfortunately, there had been the same telephone number actually used. It resulted in, that the owner of the number was suffered from frequent calling by unknown people, all of whom “were just interested in testing where that number really existed”. From that affair on, in any comics or novels in Japan telephone numbers are always expressed by other symbols, like “***-****”.
Few years ago, I took the lecture of “Information management” in the university, as an adult education. At the first day of the lecture, the professor gave the students a question.
Let yourself be temporary a very evil person and assume that you happened to obtain the name and address of a person you don’t directly know. Imagine as evil thing as you could using those information.
Luckily or unluckily, I myself had missed the very lecture because of illness, and I only heard the results of the survey.
The largest majority of the answer was: To expose the information on the web.
“I was relieved to find that most of you are good people, satisfied only with such action, ” the professor said.
However, the result showed many students had some expectation that once someone’s personal information were revealed, that owner of the information would soon fall in trouble.
In what kind of trouble? – the second majority would give a good example: Go to the person’s house, ring the doorbell, and dash away before he would come out.
In this post I show my real name as my public profile, because it is an English contents. I have few Japanese contents because I don’t like it to be made something “mischievous” on by someone. Of course, I never show my name there.