In Japan, you are what your blood type is

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    neverknow2

    and no amount of scientific debunking can kill a widely held notion that blood tells all

    Yeah just like if you walk backwards around your house on a full moon you will live a long life.

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    Disillusioned

    My blood type is, red. What's yours?

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    some14some

    My blood type is, red. What's yours?

    "chi mo namida mo nai" (cold blooded).

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    NeoJamal

    Mine is not gaijion.

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    saborichan

    I revel in not knowing.

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    noborito

    Something else pointless to talk about.

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    ichinensei

    Wow, funny.. I read this article in the Metro in Toronto today.. Same article. Just not of all it. I am A+ But I'm sure gaijin blood would be different from Japanese A blood. Haha..

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    Stonefish

    "......and no amount of scientific debunking can kill a widely held notion that blood tells all."

    Just another sad reflection on the state of Japan's education system.

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    borscht

    Sham science is popular because it requires no education and is lots of fun! Hence the Ghosthunters show on US TV using radios to prove the existence of ghosts. How? Well, it made a noise didn't it?

    On topic: I had three Japanese guess my blood type after a short conversation. And it only took them three guesses to get it right. After which they all said, yappari.

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    zaichik

    But I'm sure gaijin blood would be different from Japanese A blood.

    'tis if you spent any time in the UK. Nobody wants our British blood....

    Moderator: Stay on topic please.

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    Beelzebub

    Wow, it looks like the AP bureau here is so broke, it's forced to dust off and recycle "news" stories it filed 20 years ago. What next? Maybe a piece on rebellious schoolgirls wearing loose socks?

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    medievaltimes

    It is shocking how many people regard this as truth.

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    DoctorLady

    A few years ago, someone tried promoting a diet book based on different food for different blood types. It didn't work, either. Why do some people believe this, astrology, and other obviously false stuff? It seems people want a shortcut for judging other people without bothering to get the facts.

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    oreoreda

    Proof you can fool some people all of the time.

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    Richard_the_First

    oreoreda,

    In Japan,yes...

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    GW

    people in Jpn are utterly dumbfounded when I answer I dont know, dont care, red when exposed to the atmosphere..........

    last Dec I did the ole ningendoku thing & they asked me there gave the above answer minus the snide bits & the guy cudnt raise his dropped jaw LOL

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    SushiSake3

    I saw some bloodtype bath salts last weekend in a department store.

    A, B, etc. wow...!

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    seesaw

    I hope those with AB type blood are not like my boss. He's an AB blood type. A real pain-in-the-arse. Greedy, power-crazy and he uses his 'brainless' Assistant to carry out all his dirty tactics to get rid of people who are not his favourites. And he always got what he wanted. No one dares to go against him.

    But as for me, I'm just sitting here, smiling at the company's business downfall as a result of my 'less' cooperation. Thank God the Labour Law in Japan is employee-friendly....

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    Number11

    The blood-type thing is all pretty harmless, though. People aren't dying from blood-type genocides.

    We all know that horoscopes are much more accurate, since it's based on real science.

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    Freddy5

    The blood-type thing is all pretty harmless, though.

    Unless, for example, you're turned down for a job based on this Nazi nonsense.

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    samsarks

    my wife does not believe am blood B-type.i say cos am"gaijin"

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    johnshiomi

    Hmmm... makes me think... in America we use race as "an excuse" to categorize someone and judge them. race is such an obvious feature. however, with japanese people everyone generally looks the same so perhaps this is japanese peoples people's way of categorizing and judging someone. for some reason people find the need to do this (which can be good and bad i suppose). my guess is that people find some sense of security when they can categorize someone... it takes them out of the "unknown" category. the problem with all of this is "the self-fulfilling" prophecy i think... once we had categorized and judge someone we tend to see them that way and treat them in that way so they stay that way.

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    seesaw

    lol. i am the same. I'm B and my J colleagues think I'm an O...whatever gave them that impression...:)

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    gogogo

    Wow a market around something that is complete crap, sounds like sciencetology.

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    tkoind2

    This is silly. I've been asked many times since coming to Japan. For years I just said I don't know, "We don't care about blood type beyond medical considerations in my country." That usually resulted in a "Hummm?!?!?" response followed by a stream of guesses.

    Because I am artistic people say. "You must be a AB." Other friends were dead certain I was an A. Turns out I am a B. I finally made note of my type during a medical check up. Now everyone says "I always knew he must be a B, some artists are genki and eccentric."

    This stuff is silly coctail talk. But when companies start asking it is dangerous profiling based on nothing more than popular mythology and should be made illegal and punishable with stiff fines.

    Leave it to Japan to imbed a Nazi racialist program into popular culture. Too many things, swastikas on visual kei kids for example, are popularized here with zero idea of what they mean. This kind of thing can become very dangerous if people believe in it too much. Before long you have the popular and most loved A Types putting all those odd AB types in camps run by selfish B types and protested by caring O types. Creepy and a little too possible.

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    omarbabilon

    What a stupidity!!!

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    omarbabilon

    me, my parents and brothers... we all are O and we all are absolutely different from each other... What kind of idiot would believe its true?. Oh sure... i forgot in Japan people wont believe westerners eat french fries with mustard and mayonaise isnt it?... Sure... now you know what kind of idiot.

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    whitepocky

    I guess the case for this nonsense can be summed up pretty easily in the quote below.

    Prime Minister Taro Aso is type A. → A’s are sensitive perfectionists but overanxious.

    The fact that he's made so many blunders of late suggest one of two things. A) He couldn't possibly be a type A as it contradicts what the book. or, B) Aso needs to fire his doctor and have another blood test!!

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    shreeree

    I use to wonder when I saw profiles of Japanese men what the bloodtyping to because we don't do that in America and unless you donate blood you never know what your type is. I had surgery and asked my doctor once and he told me he didn't know it wasn't on the chart I laughed and told him well it's good I didn't need any for surgery. I always assume typing for surgery would be a necessity I guess they don't think so. But I do wish it was something they put on our birth certificates. For some it could solve alot of paternity issues and confusions when mom's lie or don't know for sure who your father is. LOL

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    NuckinFutz

    Just one more way for Japanese to label and discriminate within their own society!

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    cleo

    I do wish it was something they put on our birth certificates

    When my daughter was born the MIL wanted to know her blood type, so I asked the doctor. He said wasn't about to go drawing blood from a newborn just to satisfy an old lady's curiosity. I thought that made sense.

    But anyway, I reckon that's why they don't put it on the birth certificate.

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    hannari

    I think the ambiguity... the 'not proven and set in stone as fact'-ness of it all is what makes it so acceptable as a question that can be asked by anyone, to anyone - older or younger or whatever. People realize that as well you might NOT be what a typical blood type is like... that's why it doesn't reach the 'too personal for comfort zone'.

    Also, the Japanese conversation is about kyo-kan - ie. identifying with each other. The four blood types are an easy start line. The conversation usually continues on to explain just how "A-ish" you actually are or aren't. How I tend to be a perfectionist at work, but at home; "Oh no! I'm not an A at all!" (ie. you can say my room's a mess! without really saying so). Then, you see the other person's reaction to that, and continue elaborating as appropriate.

    I say it's just a conversation/get to know ppl tool. Foreigners need not be so exasperated or alarmed...

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    calderstrake

    Too many things, swastikas on visual kei kids for example, are popularized here with zero idea of what they mean.

    Point of fact, Nazi's took the 'swastica' from Japanese culture, not the other way around.

    Moderator: Back on topic please.

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    bamboohat

    this kind of stuff is popular because it gives people a reason for their shortcomings, without having to face the possibility that their choices are at cause. Horoscope, race, blood type, class are much more accepted to keep people within their own comfortable box than to discriminate others.

    Just another form of self accepted area of social proof and conformity, which Japan has slightly more of due to it's racial homogeneity.

    whatever

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    helloklitty

    seems like something lemmings would believe

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    SushiSake3

    This thread rocks! LOL!!! :-)

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    ThonTaddeo

    I'm a Type O and we Type Os don't believe in this superstitious nonsense!

    (Seriously, there might be one redeeming thing in knowing people's blood types, and that's that it can assist in revealing unfaithful parents. That, and blood transfusions. But for personalities it's hogwash.)

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    Coolasapool

    so, according to people who read into this shizer.. there are only 5 types of personality in the world.. muppets

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    whitepocky

    so, according to people who read into this shizer.. there are only 5 types of personality in the world.. muppets

    would that be the sixth personality trait......a muppet??

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    Wakarimasen

    Except for the discrimination part, not much different from horoscopes

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    JoiceRojo

    Two things: Japanese people are boring, just thinking that there are only four types of person, at least in the zodiac and the chinese zodiac there are 12!

    A couple of Japanese friends once asked me "what is yout blood type?" they where astonished when I told them that I didn't know, and it didn't matter because I'm unable to donate blood (Viral hep when I was little) I asked my mother because when I was sick with the hep, the doctors typed my blood and my mother told me "it's universal" so I guess it is type O...

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    butterfly1

    Its annoying when people try to guess my blood type - they have a one if four chance to begin with/plus I think its a load of cr@p. I cant believe the money spent on the books on this topic...

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    Betting

    This classification by blood type reminds me of early last century (not that I was around at that time mind you) when some idiot tried to classify people by skull shape, just a load of rubbish that was eventually used for discrimination. As with most things in Japan it gets taken to an extreme and real, innocent people suffer for it due to this stupid garbage.

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    Potsu

    Just part of a very shallow childish culture.....

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    OhioDonna

    Point of fact, Nazi's took the 'swastica' from Japanese culture, not the other way around.

    It was also part of the Native American culture.

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    PuffinMuffin

    I don't know about other people's blood types, but strangely enough, mine's not too off the mark, basically.

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    PuffinMuffin

    by their definitions, that is

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    silverwind20

    Jeez, one mention of nazis and everybody goes balistic, Frankly I have no clue what my blood type is but according to this article I could have any blood type, well maybe not type A, I'm cheerful (or at least I think I am) I'm deffinitely eccentric and selfish, I'm curious, not so much generous but as stubborn as an ox when I want to be, and I like to think I'm arty, mysterious, and unpredictable. Heh, I'm gonna laugh so hard if it turns out I'm type A.

    Frankly I think it's just fine for the Japanese to have this type of thing, at least they're judging you by what's on your inside instead of what's on the outside like some people.

    Also according to wikipedia (not the best source but I still rely on it) the swastika was used all over the world before the nazis particularily in India.

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    geboren1900

    It says it was imported from "Nazi race ideologues". Did they imply that one blood type is better than another?

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    Disillusioned

    seesaw - I hope those with AB type blood are not like my boss. He's an AB blood type. A real pain-in-the-arse. Greedy, power-crazy and he uses his 'brainless' Assistant to carry out all his dirty tactics to get rid of people who are not his favourites. And he always got what he wanted. No one dares to go against him.

    So, you believe in this crap. Maybe he is just a donkey's butt. Japan is run on urban myths. They'll believe anything their neighbor tells them.

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    Maff

    I didn't use to believe it, but the longer I live here the more I realize that blood type really does relate to personality. I can usually guess someone's type correctly now once I've got to know them a bit. And other people can guess mine more often than not.

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    otakki

    If you see some of the things they did to study the subject, you will find that the result is actually quite astounding. It looks like there is actually a close relationship between personality and blood type.

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    SmithUS

    Acupuncture and the idea of body energy was supposed to be a sham but now it is an accepted medical practice so never say never. Astrology is similarly considered a sham but it does seem to apply in describing people’s personalities and what behavior will compliment or contrast with your own. But there is a limit to how far something like astrology can or should dictate everyone’s lives. For instance, I think daily/monthly/yearly astrology is a sham. Me and a friend are polar opposites according to our astrological signs and believe me we are conflicting personalities but we are friends. So even if blood type personality is true, there are obviously many other factors that make people get along or not - at least in the West.

    As far as Japan being a society influenced by myth and superstition, I find that interesting rather than childish or unsophisticated. If it is stupid behavior then what does that say about us for being attracted to Japan.

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    whyamiinjapan

    I tell people "I don't know" when they ask my blood type. The reaction is always "Hayyyyyyy???" I think that's funny. But I do know and have a card in my wallet in case of emergency.

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    drink_more_milk

    SmithUS, That's ridiculous. Astrology has been defunked time and again. Acupuncture was not considered a sham but rather ignored, under researched by most modern medical practitioners. Body energy is a sham (there's no such thing as "heaty" food). Blood type personality has already been proven by science to be a fallacy. People attracted to Japan for many reasons such as culture and people. Japan doesnt have a blood type so I cant really see your point. I would advice you not to put too much stock in nonsense.

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    sf2k

    Google "blood type japan" and the first link is a Wikipedia link. Debunked as scientific racisim from the 30s, it got revived by a publisher in the 70s. Sober reading.

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    BrightEyes

    The hilarious thing about all of this is that the only matter of importance in blood types when dealing with relationships is the rh factor. If an rh positive man has a baby with an rh negative woman and that baby is also positive, then the woman can develop antibodies which will create problems for later children who are also rh positive. This can now be handled medically without too much difficulty, but it is something that people planning to have children should know.

    Nevertheless, many Japanese who are obsessed with their ABO types don't have any idea about the one protein in their blood which actually could have a bearing on their relationships.

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    johnnyboy73

    Just plain silly

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    ykata

    It's just another pseudo-science. It seems this "theory" was introduced to Japan in 1927 and has been in existance since then. I grew up in Tokyo, and always hated some airhead girls asking my blood type. People asked my blood type, then I ansered, then the reaction was usually some kind of disbelief, like "うそ。絶対O型じゃない".

    Stupid, indeed.

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    realist

    Personally, I think that Aso is a B. The fascination with blood types in this country is amazing. Personally, I couldnt care less what someone`s blood type is, and I dont think it has relevance to our lives. Blood is blood, end of story. Could this be connected in some ways to Japanese xenophobia, and nihonjinron (the origins of the Japanese people theories)? Are they just trying to say that they are different from the peoples of the rest of the world, and unique, because of their blood groups?Whatever. I just think the whole thing is baloney.

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    ykata

    Could this be connected in some ways to Japanese xenophobia, and nihonjinron (the origins of the Japanese people theories)?

    No. It's the same as UFO or any paranormal nonsense. Some people sell books about it and make money, but the general lack of critical thinking in Japan lets this superstition survive.

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    synalle

    Of course this is silly. But in other parts of the world, people are obsessed with horoscopes based on astral signs, either determined by month or year of birth. That's equally silly, but as long as you know that it's nonsense, it can in fact be a source of entertainment or amusement. (I definitely enjoy reading horoscopes for myself that are totally wrong.) It sounds a bit like it's going beyond mere fun, though, which is unprecedented in my experience in the rest of the world - I can't imagine someone not hiring me for a position based on my sign.

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