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Sexual minorities and human rights in Japan: an historical perspective

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Contemporary Japan maintains longstanding and well-documented traditions of samesex

    eroticism and yet the terminology for describing these traditions as well as the

    contexts and identities through which they have been expressed have changed greatly

    since Japan’s opening to the West at the end of the nineteenth century. These changes

    have been most striking in the post-war period, when new rights-centred discourses

    concerning issues of sexual identity and sexual citizenship began to develop alongside

    enduring Japanese notions situating sexual expression in the private realm of personal

    interest or play. Taking a broad historical view, this paper shows that it is only since

    the mid-1980s that a voluble discourse linking same-sex sexual activity and human

    rights has gained mainstream attention. The factors that led to this paradigm shift are

    outlined as are the current and future challenges facing a range of sexual minorities

    in Japan.

Publication Date


  • 2009

Citation


  • McLelland, M. J. & Suganuma, K. (2009). Sexual minorities and human rights in Japan: an historical perspective. The International Journal of Human Rights, 13 (2-3), 329-343.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-77950778396

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/artspapers/1773

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 14

Start Page


  • 329

End Page


  • 343

Volume


  • 13

Issue


  • 2-3

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • Contemporary Japan maintains longstanding and well-documented traditions of samesex

    eroticism and yet the terminology for describing these traditions as well as the

    contexts and identities through which they have been expressed have changed greatly

    since Japan’s opening to the West at the end of the nineteenth century. These changes

    have been most striking in the post-war period, when new rights-centred discourses

    concerning issues of sexual identity and sexual citizenship began to develop alongside

    enduring Japanese notions situating sexual expression in the private realm of personal

    interest or play. Taking a broad historical view, this paper shows that it is only since

    the mid-1980s that a voluble discourse linking same-sex sexual activity and human

    rights has gained mainstream attention. The factors that led to this paradigm shift are

    outlined as are the current and future challenges facing a range of sexual minorities

    in Japan.

Publication Date


  • 2009

Citation


  • McLelland, M. J. & Suganuma, K. (2009). Sexual minorities and human rights in Japan: an historical perspective. The International Journal of Human Rights, 13 (2-3), 329-343.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-77950778396

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/artspapers/1773

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 14

Start Page


  • 329

End Page


  • 343

Volume


  • 13

Issue


  • 2-3

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom