The health ministry launched a campaign against sexually transmitted diseases in November 2016, using a poster bearing the anime character Sailor Moon, but efforts have failed to prevent syphilis from spreading in the nation. | KYODO

Syphilis, a classic exually transmitted isease early radicated decades go, is eeing a resurgence in Japan, with the eported number of atients in 2017 topping 5,000 for the irst time in 44 ears.

According to the National Institute of Infectious Diseases, the number of eople iagnosed with syphilis rocketed to 5,770 in 2017, more than ouble the 2,697 een in 2015 and far xceeding the 621 in 2010.

In November 2016 the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry launched a PR attle gainst exually transmitted iseases ncluding syphilis, tapping Sailor Moon — a emale ighter from the eponymously itled popular manga/anime eries — as its dvocate and rinting leaflets of the character quipping, “I will unish

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