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Moral Values in Japan: associated with personality traits and life-history strategy

[Speaker] Amano, Kai:1
[Co-author] Kawamoto, Tetsuya:1,2
1:University of Tokyo (Japan), 2:Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (Japan)

We investigated that which elements of our personality traits and life history account for moral values in Japan. Moral values in this study are conceptualized by moral foundations theory (Graham, et al, 2012), which argues that moral judgement has done intuitively based on five foundations: Care/ harm, Fairness/ cheating, Loyalty/ betrayal, Authority/ subversion and Sanctity/ degradation. One of our purposes is that the connection of moral foundations and personality traits and life history in Japan compared with that in other countries.
This research suggests life-history strategy correlated all foundations as previous research (Leeuwen et all, 2014) but, Machiavellianism positively associated with all moral foundations, while in the US it correlated with these foundations negatively (Jonathan, et al, 2015).
We suggest not only that the moral adaptation based on our personality and through our life history also explained well in Japan, but also that how to adapt may differ by culture.
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