Dr. Eguchi was a Key Note speaker for the Organization of the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender (OSCLG) in Cincinnati, OH (October 18, 2019)
Posted: November 4, 2019
Japan’s Masculinist Politics: An Intersectional Queer Critique of Actor Narimiya Hiroki’s Retirement from the Entertainment Industry
On December 8th 2016, A famous Japanese actor Narimiya Hiroki (成宮寛貴) retired from the entertainment industry. This retirement was a consequence of his gay rumor being circulated in media when he was accused for using cocaine in late 2016. Hence, this essay critiques the performative rhetoric of sexuality around Narimiya’s retirement. By drawing the genealogy of an intersectional queer critique as a conceptual lens, this essay reframes Narimiya’s retirement as a temporal moment of queer sexual transgression in Japan.