Japanese Blood Types: Japan Visitor

Apr 19, 2009
by: bmong


I'm learning more about Japanese blood type personality right now, and in particular what I'm wondering about is: Why there are so many people believed to the Japanese blood type personality theory? As I was reading in my Google Reader, a blog post, "Blood Types - Capillaries hold key to character,"Japan visitor, http://www.japanvisitor.com/index.php?cID=359&pID=329#", it is a post talking about Japanese blood type culture by the Japan travel guide. I think the information in the post should be accurate and clear so it caught my attention.

"In Japan, you are what you bleed. Blood type is a common way of defining temperament and personality, much like horoscopes in Western countries."

This quote answered some of my query about why Japanese still believed in blood type personality theory although it was disproved by modern science. In Japan, Furukawa Takeji(1891-1940) proposed that humans can be divided by two types. Personality type A were generally mild tempered and intellectual while type B were opposite. Scientists found that Asian mostly had type B personality. On the other hand, Caucasians were not. Ancient people thought that blood type B were almost in animals, that's why they thought Asian were inferior and lower in the evolutionary scale. At that time, Japanese were interested in blood type theory because of their reaction against Western racism. That's why Japanese were deeply influenced by the blood type personality theory since 1931.