Sunday, May 08, 2005

Blood-type "myths" in Japan

Here is a New York Times article on widely held beliefs in Japan about the link between blood type and personality.

(The article, from the Associated Press, is also available at

The idea is that a person's blood type tells a lot about his or her personality. But not only do these seemingly innocent beliefs have a very sinister history, but they also result in considerable grief when a person is denied a job, turned down for marriage, or slotted into a certain career path at school on the basis of his or her blood type.

At long last, scientists and other prominent figures are beginning to publicly attack this "blood-type discrimination" because of all the sorrow it has caused.

(By the way, registration at the New York Times website is required but free. That's a mellowness-enhancer!)

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