We always knew that Sailor Moon was a warrior of love, but we didn’t anticipate her fighting for sexual health. But, that day has come in the form of a collaborative campaign between original Sailor Moon creator, Naoko Takeuchi, and the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS, STDs, and STIs.
Wondering if this is a hoax? According to this fan website, various Japanese news outlets have confirmed the legitimacy of the campaign. Believe it or not, this is very real. In an official press release, Kazunari Asanuma, head of MHLW’s Infectious Disease Control Division, said that the STD outbreak is among women and men in their 20s is alarming. In 2015, there were an estimated 2,697 cases of syphilis in Japan.
The Sun reports that the ministry will distribute 5,000 posters and 156,000 pamphlets that encourage women to practice safe sex, get checked by a doctor, and seek treatment at nearby clinics if diagnosed with an STD or STI on World AIDS Day, which falls on December 1.
We saved the best part for last, though—there are a whopping 60,000 condoms with Sailor Moon’s face on the pink, heart-shaped packaging up for grabs. If anyone can inspire young girls to take care of their bodies, it’s definitely Sailor Moon.
Check out one of the pamphlets for the program, below.