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14 Mar 2002
HIV has finally reached Japan's judicial system:

Sacking of HIV-positive police worker ruled illegal

A court on Wednesday ordered Tokyo police to pay damages to a man who was forced to give up a police post after he tested positive in an "illegal" undercover HIV checkup they carried out. The man, whose name is being withheld to protect his privacy, and his lawyer were pleased that the Tokyo District Court's ruling found the Metropolitan Police Department's (MPD) HIV test illegal. "The ruling will have significant meaning for other carriers," said lawyer Tsutomu Shimizu, representing the HIV-positive man. [...]

=> http://mdn.mainichi.co.jp/news/20030528p2a00m0fp031000c.html

Japan HIV ruling hailed, but still long way to go

=> http://famulus.msnbc.com/FamulusIntl/reuters05-28-225133.asp?reg=PACRIM#body

Here's an interesting thread at the Young Dude's forum

=> http://forums.kawama.tzo.com:1023/cgi-bin/ydforum/ikonboard.pl?;act=ST;f=1;t=575

Has anyone in Japan seen the NHK feature?

NHK Special "The 21st Century Japan: AIDS Epidemic"

At the end of this month, the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare will make an official announcement on the crisis of AIDS epidemic which is to surge the country in the near future. It warns that the number of AIDS patients will increase rapidly. Presently over 10 thousand AIDS patients are reported in Japan and the number is to double within this year. According to the recent research conducted by the clinical study group for AIDS drugs supported by the Japan Health Sciences Foundation, almost all the new patients are either teenagers or in their twenties. This program will introduce the latest medical treatment and the young AIDS patients who are being treated in hospitals. Through the documentary, discover the insights of the AIDS rapid epidemic in Japan.
Carefree Japan heading for HIV explosion

As of the end of March a total of about 8,000 people in Japan, excluding haemophiliacs, were infected with HIV, the virus that can develop into full-blown AIDS. Although this is lower than in many other countries, analysts predict that the number of HIV and AIDS cases will keep rising and could even breakthrough to 27,000 by 2006. [...] What particularly worries Oka is the increase in positive infection results for those who go in for free tests at public health centres. In 2000 a total of 107,266 people took the tests, compared with 108,911 in 2002, but the percentage of positive tests doubled from 0.116 per cent to 0.241 per cent during this period. In Tokyo's Shinjuku-ku, home to the Kabukicho red-light district, the rate climbed from 0.69 per cent to 1.113 per cent -- more than one out of every 100 people tested. [...] It seems that changes in moral attitudes and misconceptions in society among people who have contracted HIV are partly behind the increase.

=> http://mdn.mainichi.co.jp/features/0306/03hiv.html
If 1% of all Japanese above, say, 18 (and less than 60 for women and 80 for men ?) were infected, that would be 1.000.000 HIV carriers, not 8.000. But are there infected people in rural areas as well ? Kabukicho, along with Roppongi, is the worse place for AIDS in Tokyo, and Tokyo presumably the worst city in Japan...
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