Feelings about sexuality of South Korean international student couples in Japan

Feelings about sexuality of South Korean international student couples in Japan

Chie Koh1, Kyoungwha Na2, and Ruriko Miyashita3
1Graduate School of Nursing, Osaka Prefecture University
2Osaka Habikino Medical Center
3Prefectural University Hiroshima Graduate Program in Midwifery

Introduction: South Korean international students are the fourth largest number of international students in Japan. Japan and Korea have similar sexuality-related issues, such as declining birthrates, increasing ages of marriage and childbirth. The purpose of this study is to clarify the feelings of Korean international student couples living in Japan about topics such as marriage, family planning, work-life balance, and sexual concerns in Japan and South Korea. Based on our study, we consider future supports for these students’ sexuality.
Materials and Methods: The study targeted four unmarried South Korean couples (eight people) aged 20–35 and conducted a qualitative descriptive study using semi-structured interviews.
Results: Participants’ average age was 23.5 years for women and 25.5 years for men. The participants thought about when they want to get married; reasons why they want to get married; anxiety about marriage; hopes to be mother or father, timing of having children; thoughts on child-rearing; and hopes about having children. They considered feelings toward work-life balance and sexual concerns; hopes to continue working after marriage and childbirth; the need for coordination between ideal scenarios and reality; reasons for the declining birth rate and increasing age of marriage; good quality of life; feelings of double-standard about pregnancy as a reason for early marriage; and reasons for their negative feelings.
Discussion: This study demonstrated that South Korean international student couples in Japan have hopes for marriage and family planning. However, economic uncertainty is a large obstacle, so they think that it was important to build an economic foundation first. Two-income family is common in South Korea. Participants thought [Hope to continue working], but they consider the [Possibility to stop working for a period after marriage and childbirth]. It was clear that there was a [Feeling of a double-standard about working]. For that reason, role sharing and work-life balance will continue to be important for supporting people’s sexuality. Further, the participants did not want pregnancy before marriage, they thought of marriage as a family issue, and expressed a need for family planning supports to enjoy their sexuality.

Keywords: Sexuality, South Korean international students in Japan, Family planning

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Chie Koh, Kyoungwha Na, and Ruriko Miyashita. Feelings about sexuality of South Korean international student couples in Japan. International Research Journal of Public Health, 2017; 1:7. DOI:10.28933/irjph-2017-11-2001


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