Monday, January 29, 2007

Ball players and blood type

The Japanese use blood type to predict a person's character, akin to astrological signs in America—but much more popular.

For instance, most Japanese wouldn't be surprised to hear that Daisuke Matsuzaka, Hideki Matsui, Kazuo Matsui, Tadahito Iguchi, home-run king Sadaharu Oh, and Kei Igawa are all type O:

In Japan, people with Type O are commonly referred to as warriors because they are said to be self-confident, outgoing, goal-oriented and passionate. According to Masahiko Nomi, a Japanese journalist who helped popularize blood typology with a best-selling book in 1971, people with Type O make the best bankers, politicians and — if you are not yet convinced — professional baseball players.

He's blood type O.

—Mellow Monk

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