Chronoligical Table


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16bal01a.gif (567 バイト)Chronoligical Table in Japan

   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.

(April 5, 1998)

Green_Ball9.gif (257 バイト) The First Blood Type Boom (1971-81) -- Mr. Masahiko Nomi

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.

(April 5, 1998)

Green_Ball9.gif (257 バイト)The Second Blood Type Boom (1982-88) -- Mr. Toshitaka Nomi and Criticism by Psychologists

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.

(April 5, 1998)

Green_Ball9.gif (257 バイト)The Third Blood Type Boom (1989 to present) -- from Boom to "Common sense", Fortune-telling, on the Internet and Criticism by Psychologists

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 editionvery 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").

(April 5, 1998)

Green_Ball9.gif (257 バイト)Number of Books and Magazines

  1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993
Magazines 2 4 7 7 7 8 8 7 4 9 17 24 66 28 13 28 9 6 12 20 1 0
Books 1 6 5 5 8 1 7 7 17 12 22 19 51 59 16 9 16 2 17 14 26 2

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)

(April 5, 1998)


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