A series of books about blood type were among this year’s bestsellers in Japan, leading publishing distributor Tohan Co. has announced in Tokyo.
Three books about Type B, Type O and Type A of the “Jibun no Setsumeisho” (Instruction Manual for My Self) series, written by Jamais Jamais and published by Bungeisha, were ranked in the third to fifth places respectively among the top-sellers in Japan in 2008 (December 2007 to November 2008). (Mainichi)
Mainly bought by twenty- and thirtysomething women, the books reflect Japan’s obsession with blood typology.
Blood Type was the main factor in some cases of:
- Job appointments
- Bullying among kindergarten children
- Termination of happy relationships
About 90% of Japanese know their blood type, often before they know how to tie their shoelaces. About 40% are type A, 30% are O, 20% are B and 10% are AB.
Some experts explain blood typology’s central place in the Japanese psyche by pointing to the rough similarity between the distribution of blood types and social classes in feudal Japan: the strong-willed samurai (O) and mild-mannered farmers (A), and smaller numbers of sensitive artisans (AB) and earthy tradesmen (B).
“Even though psychologists and scientists have denied the relationship between blood type and personality, many Japanese are still naive about the connection,” he told the Guardian.
Type A Reserved and prone to worry, sensitive perfectionists such as Britney Spears and Adolf Hitler.
Type O Decisive, self-confident, curious, and ideal for sport, including Elvis Presley and the Queen.
Type B Cheerful caring, flamboyant free-thinkers such as Jack Nicholson.
Type AB High-maintenance, distant, suited to arts, such as Mao Zedong.