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.
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.
- Miyake, Daijiro, and Daiki Hiramori. 2021. “Demographic Diversity of the Aromantic/Asexual Spectrum in Japan: Findings from the 2020 Aro/Ace Survey.” Journal of Population Problems 77(2):206-32. In Japanese.
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
- 三宅大二郎・平森大規，2021，「日本におけるアロマンティック／アセクシュアル・スペクトラムの人口学的多様性――『Aro/Ace調査2020』の分析結果から」『人口問題研究』77(2): 206-32．
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!
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.
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.
On April 27, I was invited as an expert to deliver a presentation titled, “Attitudes toward Anti-Discrimination Laws Based on SOGI: Findings from the second ‘National Survey of Attitudes toward Sexual/Gender Minorities in Japan’” at the 5th “Rainbow Parliament” YouTube Streaming Event: Pass the Equality Act in Japan!, hosted by Equality Act Japan (Japan Alliance for LGBT Legislation, Human Rights Watch, Athlete Ally, and ALL OUT). See here for more details about the event. The slides that I used in my presentation (in Japanese) are available here. The recordings (in Japanese) are also available on YouTube (full presentation, event highlights)
4月27日に、「Equality Act Japan – 日本にもLGBT平等法を」キャンペーン（LGBT法連合会、Human Rights Watch、Athlete Ally、ALL OUT）主催の「第5回レインボー国会 – もう待てません！今国会でのLGBT・SOGI法制定を！理解を進め、差別をなくし、平等な社会の実現へ」にて、有識者コメントとして「SOGIに基づく差別禁止法に対する態度――「性的マイノリティについての意識：2019年（第2回）全国調査」の分析結果から」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。また、当日の録画につきましてもYouTubeから視聴可能です（報告全体、ダイジェスト）。