Joining the Faculty of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies at Hosei University as an Assistant Professor

As of April 1, I have been appointed Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies (GIS) at Hosei University. Although this is a three-year fixed-term position, I am looking forward to engaging in research and educational activities at GIS!

4月1日付けで、法政大学グローバル教養学部(GIS)に助教として着任いたしました。3年間という任期付きではありますが、GISで研究・教育活動に従事するのを楽しみにしています!

Presentation at an Event on the Aromantic/Asexual Spectrum in Japan (Waseda University)

On December 4, I was invited as a panel speaker to deliver a presentation titled, “Introduction to the Aromantic/Asexual Spectrum: From a Demographic Perspective” at “A World Where Everything Definitely Becomes Love vs. the Me Who Definitely Doesn’t Fall in Love: Aromantic/Asexual,” an event hosted by the Gender and Sexuality Center at Waseda University. See here for more details about the event (in Japanese). The slides that I used in my presentation (in Japanese) are available here.

12月4日に、早稲田大学GSセンター主催のイベント「絶対恋愛になる世界vs絶対恋愛にならない私ーAロマンティックAセクシュアルー」にて、登壇者として「アロマンティック/アセクシュアル・スペクトラム入門ーー人口学的視点から」という報告を行いました。イベントの詳細につきましてはこちらをご覧ください。報告時に使用したスライド資料はこちらからご覧いただけます。

Article on the Demography of Asexuality Published in the Journal of Population Problems

My article with Daijiro Miyake, “Demographic Diversity of the Aromantic/Asexual Spectrum in Japan,” has been published in the Journal of Population Problems, a journal of the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research! This article is part of the special issue “Demography of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity: Building a Foundation for Research in Japan (Part 3).” See here for the full issue.

Abstract: In Western countries, studies using representative surveys and community surveys have begun to reveal the size and the diversity of the asexual population. On the other hand, in Japan, there are only a few studies using representative surveys, and the detailed realities of the asexual population are yet to be explored. This article analyzed a web survey “Aromantic/Asexual Spectrum Survey 2020,” conducted by the Aro/Ace Survey Executive Committee. Most of the respondents tended to be cisgender women, young people, and residents of the southern Kanto region. Many identified as aromantic and asexual, but some identified as other aro/ace identities. We also conducted an analysis on “nonsexual,” an identity category unique to Japan. While masturbation and sex drives were found in a certain number of asexual respondents, the proportion of those who would like to have sexual contact with others was particularly low among asexual respondents. We conclude that sexual contact with others has important implications for self-identification.

Keywords: asexual, aromantic, LGBT, sexual and gender minorities, sexual orientation and romantic orientation

このたび、アセクシュアルの人口学に関する論文(三宅大二郎さんとの共著)が国立社会保障・人口問題研究所のジャーナル『人口問題研究』に掲載されました!本論文は特集号「性的指向と性自認の人口学―日本における研究基盤の構築(その3)」の一部です。本号全体はこちらをご覧ください。

Upcoming Talk at the German Institute for Japanese Studies

On July 21 at 1pm (JST), I’ll give an online talk on the demography of sexual orientation and gender identity, titled “Measuring Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity on Surveys in Japan: Methods and Epistemologies” at the German Institute for Japanese Studies with Dr. Saori Kamano of the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research. If you are interested, please register at least one day in advance!

Link: https://www.dijtokyo.org/event/on-sexual-identity-and-sexual-orientation-in-large-scale-surveys-title-tbd/

Description: In recent years, issues involving sexual and gender minorities have increasingly attracted attention in Japan. Addressing the lack of data to understand social inequality based on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI), we developed questions to measure SOGI on population-based surveys under the research project “Demography of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity: Building a Foundation for Research in Japan.” This allows us to statistically compare the lives of sexual/gender minorities and the majority using representative data. In our talk, we first present findings from our preparatory studies, including focus groups and a pilot survey used to develop SOGI questions in the Japanese context. Then we report the results of the Osaka City Residents’ Survey, one of the first population-based surveys with SOGI questions completed in Japan. Third, we present findings from an experimental web survey, focusing on the response category—“don’t want to decide, haven’t decided”—to the sexual orientation question we proposed. Here we address the issue of heterosexual respondents being misclassified as non-heterosexual and the difficulty of fully separating heterosexual and non-heterosexual people in survey data. We conclude our talk by discussing two approaches to population sexuality (a demographic approach and a queer approach) to explore the possibility of a queer demography.

7月21日午後1時(日本時間)から、ドイツ日本研究所で「性的指向と性自認のあり方を日本の量的調査でいかに測定するか――その方法と認識論」という性的指向・性自認の人口学に関するオンライントークを国立社会保障・人口問題研究所の釜野さおりさんと一緒に行います。英語での開催ですが、ご関心のある方は前日までに参加登録をお願いします!

Presentation at an Event on the Aromantic/Asexual Spectrum in Japan

On May 5, I was invited as a guest to deliver a presentation titled, “The Demography of the Aromantic/Asexual Spectrum” at “Surveying Aro/Ace: Its Methods and Meanings,” an event hosted by the Aro/Ace Survey Executive Committee. See here for more details about the event (in Japanese). The slides that I used in my presentation (in Japanese) are available here. The recording (in Japanese) is also available on YouTube.

5月5日に、Aro/Ace調査実行委員会主催のイベント「Aro/Aceを調査するーその方法と意味ー」にて、ゲストとして「アロマンティック/アセクシュアル・スペクトラムの人口学」という報告を行いました。イベントの詳細につきましてはこちらをご覧ください。報告時に使用したスライド資料はこちらからご覧いただけます。また、当日の録画につきましてもYouTubeから視聴可能です。