The Asexual Agenda has an interesting interview with a Japanese asexual activist:
I recently had the opportunity to chat with harris-hijiri. harris-hijiri is a native of Japan, and has been involved in asexual activism for about 14 years. She has been a member of AVEN since 2007, and you can also find her on tumblr. Although she was involved in managing several Japanese-language asexual communities from 2005 to 2008, she stepped down from an administrative role for a variety of reasons (some of which we discuss below). She has also participated in a number of Japanese LGBT communities, and is currently active in Toyohashi City.
You can read the full interview here. There’s some very interesting stuff in it:
Q: Does the Japanese community borrow asexuality-related words and concepts from English? Or does it mostly use words and concepts created within the community?
Well, I suppose English doesn’t have the division between asexuality and nonsexuality, but aside from that are there any big differences?
H: I don’t think there are any big differences.
Of course, there are people who tried to create the concept “unsexual” (アンセクシャル), but that is definitely not common.
Q: But the definition is slightly different, right? Asexuality and nonsexuality is defined as “not having sexual desire,” but in English it’s defined as, “An asexual person is a person who does not experience sexual attraction.”
H: [The Japanese definition] is mixing “sex-revulsion” (性嫌悪), “I don’t want to do sexual things,” and “not having sexual impulses.”
Q: In English it’s slightly different, isn’t it? In English we’re always saying, “attraction is not behavior,” but the definition you just gave is half about behavior, isn’t it?
H: Ah, I’m sorry. “Sexual desire” is a good approximate [translation] for “seiyoku” (性欲; sexual desire). I was confusing it with [the feelings of] people in the nonsexual community. Sorry.
Q: In other words, is sexual desire the feeling of wanting to have sex?
H: It probably is. (We don’t really talk about sexual desire much, so.)
Q: Is the definition of nonsexuality different from the definition of asexuality other than romantic love (恋愛)?
H: Probably, falling in love and wanting a partner [would fall under] nonsexuality.
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