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"The Sabita Honoo Problem and its Contemporary Significance"

KITAMURA Kentaro

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The Sabita Honoo Problem and its Contemporary Significance

KITAMURA Kentaro
Abstract:
A mystery novel dealing with hemophilia, Sabita Honoo (Rusty Flame) aroused a strong protest movement in 1977. The purposes of this article are firstly to examine the main points in the Sabita Honoo debate, secondly to describe the social situation of hemophiliacs in 1970's Japan, and finally to discuss how historically significant the protest movement by hemophiliacs was.

The protest informed the mass medias that the novel had medically misdescribed hemophilia. Its biggest achievement was to obstruct the movie's telecast in 1981. But, the protest did not develop widely or continuously beyond the hemophiliacs' proposal.

It is of historical significance that the protest movement was generated by hemophiliacs. Public health coverage of medical treatment and home infusion was achieved in 1970's. Young hemophiliacs aimed at the time to achieve affirmative social participation; therefore, it was necessary to make it clear that hemophilia was not a fearful disease. The contemporary significance of this protest movement is that it was a pioneering exercise by hemophiliacs themselves.


Keywords: Hemophilia, Protest movement, 1970's, Mass media

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