Kiyoshi Murata

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Kiyoshi Murata
Meiji University
School of Commerce
Job title
Bachelor of Social Science(University of Tsukuba)
Research funding number


Kiyoshi Murata is a director of the Centre for Business Information Ethics and a professor of MIS at the School of Commerce, Meiji University, Tokyo, Japan. He has studied information ethics since 1997 following his career of research on economics, operational research, business administration and management information systems, and established the Centre for Business Information Ethics in April 2006, which is the only research institute to study information ethics in Japan. Kiyoshi has been an international research associate at the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK since 2005, an advisor of the Computer Ethics Society based in Hong Kong since 2012 and a president of the Japan Society for Information and Management since 2016. He has published his papers in scholarly journals including Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society, Journal of the Association for Information Systems, AI and Society, International Review of Information Ethics, and Journal of Business Ethics.

Research Areas


Academic & Professional Experience

Apr 2006
Director, Centre for Business Information Ethics, Meiji University
Apr 2005
International Research Associate, Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility (CCSR), De Montfort University
Apr 1997
Professor, School of Commerce, Meiji University
Aug 2015
Aug 2015
Part-time Lecturer, Faculty of Law and Letters, Ehime University
Apr 2010
Mar 2012
Part-time Lecturer, Faculty of Commerce, Chuo University


Apr 1980
Mar 1987
Economics, Doctoral Program in Social Sciences, University of Tsukuba
Apr 1976
Mar 1980
College of Social Sciences (Major: Economics), First Cluster of Colleges, University of Tsukuba

Committee Memberships

May 2012
The Computer Ethics Society  Adviser

Published Papers

Thomas Taro Lennerfors and Kiyoshi Murata
In Thomas Taro Lennerfors and Kiyoshi Murata (eds.), Tetsugaku Companion to Japanese Ethics and Technology. Springer.   1-20   Mar 2019
It is now widely accepted that technology is not value-free and that there is a need for a continuous discussion about the ethical impacts of technology. Although there are exceptions, scholars who discuss the ethics of technology often draw on We...
Kiyoshi Murata
In Thomas Taro Lennerfors and Kiyoshi Murata (eds.), Tetsugaku Companion to Japanese Ethics and Technology. Springer.   139-160   Mar 2019   [Refereed]
Although Japan is a global leader in the development and usage of information and communication technology (ICT) and ICT-based information systems, issues regarding information ethics have not been appropriately addressed. Traditional ethical thin...
Kiyoshi Murata, Yohko Orito and Miha Takubo
In Kreps D., Ess C., Leenen L., Kimppa K. (eds.), This Changes Everything – ICT and Climate Change: What Can We Do?. HCC13 2018. IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology. Springer.   537 282-292   Aug 2018   [Refereed]
Widespread acceptance of the value of the culture of openness and honesty in cyberspace, due to the proliferation of (in many cases, ostensibly free) online services such as social media, paradoxically encourages 'clever' or 'crafty' people to use...
Jorge Pelegrín-Borondo, Mario Arias-Oliva, Kiyoshi Murata and Mar Souto-Romero
Journal of Business Ethics      Jul 2018   [Refereed]
Today, technological implants to increase innate human capabilities are already available on the market. Cyborgs, understood as healthy people who decide to integrate their bodies with insideable technology, are no longer science fiction, but fact...
Yasunori Fukuta, Kiyoshi Murata, Andrew A. Adams, Yohko Orito and Ana María Lara Palma
Orbit Journal (Special issue on CEPE/ETHICOMP 2017)   1(2) unpaged   Oct 2017   [Refereed]
The purpose of this study was to investigate how ordinary Japanese people perceive and understand data sensitivity and sensitive data. Although the concept of sensitive data is described in an article of Japan's revised personal data act, followin...

Books etc

Thomas Taro Lennerfors and Kiyoshi Murata (eds.) (Part:Joint Editor)
Springer   Mar 2019   ISBN:978-3-319-59025-7
This book explores the relevance of Japanese ethics for the field of ethics of technology. It covers the theories of Japanese ethicists such as Nishida Kitarō, Watsuji Tetsurō, Imamichi Tomonobu, Yuasa Yasuo, as well as more contemporary ethicists...
The Schizophrenic Society: The Potential Risk of Individual Identity Crisis in the Participatory Surveillance Environment
Kiyoshi Murata and Yohko Orito (Part:Joint Work)
The Centre for Applied Ethics, Linköping University   Dec 2013   ISBN:978-91-7519-431-8
In Palm, E. (ed.), ICT-Ethics: Sweden and Japan (Studies in Applied Ethics 15).
Whereas the benefit and harm of a widespread deployment of CCTV cameras is controversial amongst scholars, ordinary people seem to have accepted CCTV systems as an ele...
Bynum, T. W., Murata, K. and Rogerson, S. (Eds.), Glocalisation: Bridging the Global Nature of Information and Communication Technology and the Local Nature of Human Beings (Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference ETHICOMP 2007)
Terrell Ward Bynum, Kiyoshi Murata and Simon Rogerson (Part:Supervisor)
Global e-SCM Research Center, Meiji University   Mar 2007   ISBN:978-4-9903558-1-4

Conference Activities & Talks

Kiyoshi Murata
XXXIII AEDEM Annual Meeting   5 Jun 2019   European Academy of Management and Business Economics
Kiyoshi Murata and Yohko Orito
TUR Ethics Seminar   12 Mar 2019   
Kiyoshi Murata, Yasunori Fukuta, Yohko Orito, Andrew A. Adams, Mario Arias-Oliva and Jorge Pelegrin-Borondo
ETHICOMP 2018   25 Sep 2018   SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities
This study deals with the social acceptance of the usage of wearable and/or implantable/insideable electronic devices for various purposes, especially for enjoying sports, in Japan as part of the cross-cultural study on cyborg ethics. Following th...
Kiyoshi Murata, Yohko Orito and Hidenobu Sai
The 6th Asian Privacy Scholars Network International Conference   27 Sep 2017   The Asian Privacy Scholars Network
Widespread acceptance of the value of the culture of openness in cyberspace, due to the proliferation of (in many cases, ostensibly free) online services such as social media, paradoxically encourages intelligent people to use social media in a cl...
Corporate Social Responsibility for the Development and Usage of Black Box Systems (Keynote Speech) [Invited]
Kiyoshi Murata
International Conference on Business, Internet, and Social Media (BISM) 2017   16 Aug 2017   Global Academic-Industrial Cooperation Society
Reflecting the recent trend of information and communication technology (ICT) use in organisations centred on "monitor and control", the participatory surveillance environment has emerged. With the growth of such a socio-technological environment,...


Asian Privacy Scholars Question 'Easy Privacy' at Conference
Andrew A. Adams and Kiyoshi Murata
Privacy Laws & Business International Report   (131) 29-30   Oct 2014
Asian Privacy Scholars Explore Social Networking Dangers
Andrew A. Adams, Kiyoshi Murata and Graham Greenleaf
Privacy Laws & Business International Report   (121) 26-27   Feb 2013
'My Number' Unlikely to Thaw Japan's Frozen Data Privacy Laws
Graham Greenleaf, Kiyoshi Murata and Andrew A. Adams
Privacy Laws & Business International Report   (120) 22-25   Dec 2012
Heuristic Model Construction of the Information Analysis
Tsukuba Economic Studies   (5) 21-26   1986
Theoretical Framework of Branch-and-Bound Methods
Tsukuba Economic Studies   (3) 113-126   1984

Research Grants & Projects

Responsible Research and Innovation Networking Globally (RRING)
European Commission Research Project Horizon 2020: 
Project Year: May 2018 - Apr 2021
Interdisciprinary Cross-cultural Study on Privacy Protection and Information Security Centred on Non-technical Users
The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS): Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B)
Project Year: Apr 2015 - Mar 2018    Investigator(s): Andrew A. Adams
Study on User Acceptance of Privacy Management Platform
KDDI R&D Laboratories: 
Project Year: May 2013 - Mar 2018
Cross-cultural Study on the Alienation Caused by ICT-based Services and Related Organisational Social Responsibility
The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS): Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B)
Project Year: Apr 2013 - Mar 2016
The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Programme for Strategic Research Bases at Private Universities (2012-16) project "Organisational Information Ethics"
The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT): 
Project Year: Apr 2012 - Mar 2017