Tokyo: Gurafusha, 1987. Paperback. 205p., text in Japanese, tables, very good pocket-sized paperback in white printed wraps.
Contents: What is AIDS? (symptoms; disease mechanism; spread from Africa to US; discovery of virus); AIDS cannot be cured; AIDS enters Japan (individual cases in Matsumoto, Kobe, and Ko-chi; why not Tokyo? (To which authors advance a conspiracy theory that there are more cases than have been officially revealed and the government is releasing info on provincial cases to gauge reaction and thus avoid a panic in the capital]); AIDS as a sexually transmitted disease; an era when sex is life-threatening; AIDS as a direct attack on civilization; AIDS strikes our blind spots (a challenge to the idea that science can solve everything; AIDS and the North-South problem). Includes statistics in charts/graphs on AIDS around world; communicable disease, telephone consults to health centers in Japan etc. Ends with glossary of terms and info about testing. Includes occasional sensationalism; for example, begins with tale of a bisexual man and his prostitute girlfriends in New York, delving into how he gets drawn into the perverse world of exclusive homosexuality and nights of LSD, cocaine, marijuana and anal sex. Also includes one of the authors’ reminiscences of being shocked at American permissive sexual attitudes when he studied there (she’s not wearing a bra! She lives with her boyfriend!).