Protect Yourself With Government-Issued Sailor Moon Condom Packs
25 years later, Sailor Moon
is still protecting us, though the Dark Kingdom’s got nothing on
real-world dangers. Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
launched a public awareness campaign on Monday to warn of sexually
transmitted infections or diseases (STIs or STDs) such as syphilis which
are spreading rapidly among young females.
The ministry turned to the Pretty Guardian herself for 5,000 posters and
156,000 leaflets. It will distribute these through 142 local
governments and groups such as the Japan Medical Association, Japanese
Society for Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Japan Foundation for AIDS
Prevention, and Japanese Foundation for Sexual Health Medicine at
January 15’s Coming-of-Age ceremonies and other venues.
Appropriately, the poster’s tagline reads, “If you don’t get tested, I
will punish you!!” The ministry asked for and received the cooperation
of Sailor Moon creator Naoko Takeuchi, since her work is popular particularly among women in their 20s.
Naoko’s Message on the STI Prevention Campaign, translated by @ainomessage
“My Thoughts on Endorsing this Campaign
I’ve always felt that the prevention of the spread of infectious diseases was important, so when this opportunity came along I was happy to be able to help.
Sexually transmitted diseases are a delicate subject, as shown by the Ministry of Health and Welfare’s shocked reaction of “Is that okay!?” when the slogan “If you don’t get tested, I’ll punish you!” was proposed. I hope to cast aside the image Sailor Moon has had up until now, for Sailor Moon’s voice to be understood by fans and other people and lead them to get tested, and for many people to live healthier.