I received several questions about history. The following is the brief history of blood type and personality. This chronological table is based on the next two Japanese books.
If you want to know the pre-WWII history (of Takeji Furukawa), also see the next two books:
Affirmantive books or articles are in black Negative ones are in red.
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|9/1971||Mr .Masako Nomi published his first book of blood type "Ketsueki-gata de wakaru aisho" (Understanding affinity by blood type)|
|7/1972||First article of men's magazine: Blood type teaches posture ABO method of men and women to you, "Asahi geino" sex seminar|
|7/1973||First article of women's magazine: All new blood type affinity study, "Young lady"|
|8/1973||Mr. Masako Nomi published "Ketsueki-gata ningen-gaku" (Blood type humanics) and caused the first blood type boom in Japan. "Ketsueki-gata ningen-gaku" was sold more than 300,000 copies and became one of the best sellers in this year.|
|12/1973||First critical article: Can blood type decide personality?, "Kagaku Asahi" (This article was later refuted by Mr. Masahiko Nomi)|
|7/1979||The ABO Society was established|
|10/1979||"ABO Mate" (a bulletin of the ABO Society) was published (last issue: 4/1984)|
|1980||Lune van D'aru, blood-type love operation, "Lune's happy love fortune-telling"|
|10/1981||Article of women's magazine: Good affinity, bad affinity and normal affinity by holoscope + blood type, "Josei jishin" (Woman herself)|
|10/1981||Mr. Masahiko Nomi died in the middle of the lecture (October 30). His son Mr. Toshitaka Nomi took over.|
Mr. Masahiko Nomi was active in this time. It seems that there are very few book/magazine articles by other writers, because he is the pioneer of blood type and personality and (maybe) didn't want to be said by others. For another characteristic in this time, the target was only the male businessman.
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|5/1982||Result of the study by prof. Yamaoka (psychology, Nohin Univ.), "Ultra Eyes" by NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) -- however, I found some data show significant differences|
|6/1982||Kaoru Matsuda, "ABO gene (distribution chart) and cultual phenomenom", Kagaku kiso riron gakkai|
|1/1983||Graduation thesis (Nihon Univ.) : Ms. Sumie Takashima (Ms. Sumie Tani at present), "A study of blood type and personality" guided by Mr. Masao Omura|
|5/1983||Mr. Takatoshi Nomi published "Ketsueki-gata omoshiro dokuhon" (Blood type interesting textbook) and caused the second blood type boom in Japan. (Part 2 & 3 was also published later)|
|1/1984||Serial articles: "Ketsueki-gata aijo-gaku of man and woman" by Mr. Takatoshi Nomi, "Mothly Kadokawa"|
|1/1984||TV program: "Interesting blood type encychropedia" by Fuji TV (Fuji TV is one of the five major private TV stations in Tokyo)|
|2/1984||TV program: Result of the study by prof. Masao Omura (psychology, Nohin Univ.),"Ohayo Hiroba" by NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation)|
|2/1984||TV program: Result of the study by prof. Taketoshi Takuma (psychology, Tokyo Metropolitan Univ.), "Shokun! Special da!" by TBS (TBS is one of the five major private TV stations in Tokyo)|
|2/1985||Takeo Morimoto published "Lies of blood type humanics" (Mr. Takeo Morimoto is one of the most famous Japanese newscasters)|
|4/1985||Article of Newsweek: Typecasting by blood|
|1986||Akahito Onishi, "Maze of blood type"|
After Mr. Masahiko Nomi's death, his son, Mr.
Toshitaka Nomi took over. Many people wrote about blood type and the boom spread further
more. Mr. Takatoshi Nomi published "Ketsueki-gata omoshiro dokuhon" (Blood type
interesting textbook) and caused the second blood type boom in Japan (Part 2 & 3 was
also published later). Also the criticism by Japanese psychologists becomes popular as the
reaction. There is hardly the objection to the criticism of the psychologists, somehow.
After 1985, blood-type feature of magazine seemed to have decreased.. The target shifted gradually from the male businessman to the young woman. Woman's magazine played the major role ater this time.
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|7/1990||Feature of young woman's magazine "anan": Understanding your personality and others' personality with blood type|
|7/1990||Prof. Masao Omura (psychology, Nohin Univ.) published "Blood type and personality"|
|5/1991||Kaoru Matsuda published "'Ketsueki-gata to Seikaku' no Shakai-shi" (Social history of "blood type and personaliy")|
|4/1994||Kumiko Takeuchi (famous science writer in Japan) published "Chiisana akuma no senaka no kubomi"-- the truth of blood type, illness and love (the hollow of the back of the small devil)|
|5/1994||Magazine "SINRA": Blood-type personality judgement is true!|
|7/1994||Taketoshi Takuma and Tatsuya Sato (both are psychologits), "Blood type and personality", Gendai no Esprit No. 324|
|7/1994||Kaoru Matsuda published "'Ketsueki-gata to Seikaku' no Shakai-shi" (Social history of "blood type and personaliy") revised edition（very critical to psychologists, the opponents）|
|11/1994||Feature of young woman's magazine "anan": With blood-type personality judgment, I understand personality and affinity after all|
|11/1995||Article of weely magazine "Sunday Mainichi" (published by major newspaper company, Mainichi Newspaper) : The disproof of "blood type fortune-telling is 'false'"|
|4/1996||Homepage: Blood type personality relation theory (former "stop writing your blood type")|
|8/1996||Homepage: ABO FAN (this page!)|
|6/1997||TV program: Inspection! false and truth of blood-type personality, "Hakuttsu! Aruaru Daijiten" by Kansai TV (Kansai TV is one of the five major private TV staions in Osaka). After this, other TV stations also televised the same programs of affirmation/denial.|
|6/1997||Started blood type humanics mailing list [ABO ML]|
This time (mind world and fortune-telling boom as the background?), personality judgment, affinity diagnosis and fortune-telling centering around, the third blood type boom breaks out spontaneously. The opening time of the third boom is not clear, but it became a certain boom from about 1994. Needless to say, more lineup is assembled even from the second boom, although Mr. Toshitaka Nomi is the center of the boom. On the other hand, objections have become popular by psychologists. The theoretical guarantee by "Chiisana akuma no senaka no kubomi" (the hollow of the back of the small devil) of Ms. Kumiko Takeuchi is the big characteristic of the third boom. Homepages about blood type are increasing quickly. Mr. Kaoru Matsuda published the book that searches the history called "'Ketsueki-gata to Seikaku' no Shakai-shi" (Social history of "blood type and personaliy").
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Mizoguchi, The information sources of "blood-type humanics" (Taketoshi Takuma and Tatsuya Sato, "Blood type and personality", Gendai no Esprit No. 324, Shibundo, 7/1994, pp103)
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