What is your blood type? – Typical question asked in job interviews

Does everyone know their blood type? You better do, if you want to live in Japan. Japanese are obsessed with blood type- blood types related books are always best sellers, every morning on TV there is “blood type fortune telling”, and people will judge your personality accordingly to your blood classification. More than 90% of the Japanese are aware of their blood type; however, this innate fate could be traumatizing for some people. There have been cases of bullying (we have a special word for this- it’s called “bura-hara” which is short for blood harassment), job rejections, and relationship problems due all because of uncontrollable genetic trait.

From below you can see “blood type fortune telling”- every child and adult watches this before going to work/school in the morning.

Check below to see what kind of personality you are deemed to have- is it true? Or are Japanese just simply crazy?

Type A
Best Traits: conservative, introverted, reserved, patient and punctual, perfectionists.
Worst Traits: obsessive, stubborn, too self conscious and uptight.

Type B
Best Traits: creative, passionate, animal loving, optimistic, flexible and individualistic.
Worst Traits: forgetful, changing ideas often, irresponsible, and self-centered.

Type O
Best Traits: cool, controlled, logical, rational, introverted and empathic.
Worst Traits: aloof, critical, easily stressed and unforgiving.

Type AB
Best Traits: ambitious, athletic, robust and self-confident, natural leaders.
Worst Traits: arrogant, vain, do not think things through, insensitive and ruthless.

Referenced from Wikipedia

I didn’t know my blood type until I was 15, and everyone had told me I am probably type B (type B is known to be the worst characteristic of the four- really great to know what my friends think of me!). However, I turned out to be type A. So, don’t take this too seriously- however, you might want to think twice before answering your blood type when asked in Japan.


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