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Sailor Moon Now Protects Adults With New Condoms


Sailor Moon’s had a fairly unusual career change, as of late. She’s gone from fighting the Witches 5 to fighting syphilis.

Earlier today, Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare launched a new public awareness campaign. In particular, the Ministry aims to raise awareness of sexual transmitted diseases and infections, like syphilis and herpes, which are spreading among young women in the country.

The mascot for the campaign is none other than Sailor Moon. The Pretty Guardian herself will adorn 5,000 posters and 156,000 flyers, which will e distributed through 142 local governments and outfits that include:

  • Japan Medical Association
  • Japanese Society for Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  • Japan Foundation for AIDS Prevention
  • Japanese Foundation for Sexual Health Medicine

Flyers will be given out at appropriate venues, including the Coming-of-Age ceremonies on January 15. The tagline reads “If you don’t get tested, I’ll punish you!”

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Even more interesting, though, is that Sailor Moon, herself, will adorn over 60,000 condoms. Your read that right. Sailor Moon illustrations will adorn 60,000 condoms, which will be distributed in heart-shaped packaging.

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Though the tone of the article is light, STDs aren’t something that should be taken lightly. In Japan, the annual reported cases of syphilis jumped from 621 in 2000, to 2,697 in 2015, which is about a 430% increase. Furthermore, over 3,000 cases of syphilis have been reported since the start of 2016.

The Japanese Ministry of Health partnered with Sailor Moon creator Naoko Takeuchi, whose work is popular with the 20-something female demographic, to hopefully increase prevention, early detection, and treatment of STDs.

Sources: Asahi Shimbun, IT Media

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Samantha Ferreira is Anime Herald’s founder and editor-in-chief. A Rhode Island native, Samantha has been an anime fan since 1992, and an active member of the anime press since 2002, when she began working as a reviewer for Anime Dream. She launched Anime Herald in 2010, and continues to oversee its operations to this day. Outside of journalism, Samantha actively studies the history of the North American anime fandom and industry, with a particular focus on the 2000s anime boom and bust. She’s a huge fan of all things Sakura Wars, and maintains series fansite Combat Revue Review when she has free time available. When not in the Anime Herald Discord, Samantha can typically be found on Bluesky.

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