Tokyo: Kobunsha, 1987. Paperback. 218p., text in Japanese, illustrations, very good later printing paperback in pictorial wraps. Kappa Saiensu [Kappa Science] series.
Author was professor and expert primatologist at Kyoto University. Preface notes that Japan is finally starting to take AIDS seriously since cases in Japan have been publicized; with this book he doesn't want to stir up panic about AIDS, but wants to think about AIDS and what it means about human life and human society. "AIDS is a 'Book of Revelation' for the fin de siècle." Contents: 1. When Society becomes sick (begins with "Homosexual men don't have a monopoly on AIDS"; AIDS panic in US; how it produces sexual conservatism; what does AIDS teach us. 2. The mystery of the AIDS virus; 3. Distinguishing self and other (here he analyzes biological/medical phenomena in structuralist/cultural studies sorts of ways); 4. Thinking about life and sex through AIDS. Has discussion about why theories that attempt to explain why Japanese AIDS cases low.