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Re: Iijima Ai dead at 36
« Reply #1 on: December 25, 2008, 01:45:12 AM »
The really sad thing is that recently, she had been making a name for herself as an activist, trying to raise Japanese awareness of HIV/AIDS (apparently many Japanese still have their proverbial heads in the proverbial sand about the seriousness about STDs).

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TOKYO (AFP) — Former Japanese porn actress Ai Iijima, who campaigned for AIDS awareness in a nation where it is still widely seen as a foreign disease, was found dead at her home Wednesday, police said.

The body of the 36-year-old, who retired in March last year from a lucrative career as a television personality, was found lying in the lounge of her condominium in downtown Shibuya by a friend.

"There were few signs of foul play. We will conduct a post mortem tomorrow to determine if the cause of her death was an illness, suicide or something of a criminal nature," a police spokesman said.

Iijima, who was also known in the rest of Asia, gained popularity at home as a straight-talking character since her debut on television variety shows in the 1990s.

Her AIDS awareness campaign started around the time she published the autobiographical "Platonic Sex" in 2000, describing her younger days as a porn actress and club hostess.
FULL ARTICLE - http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gIELcDgGqfWjGVOJZzej0r8K8hCg

The work she was doing is important. Let's hope someone out there is brave enough to continue her work.
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Re: Iijima Ai dead at 36
« Reply #2 on: December 25, 2008, 01:57:01 AM »
Oh no!! :(
She was such a unique beauty too, that's so terrible  :cry:

I can't believe she was murdered, if that's what really happened.

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Re: Iijima Ai dead at 36
« Reply #3 on: December 25, 2008, 09:16:14 AM »
Oh shit....

Her campaign and story was truly moving.....RIP Ai Iijima :/

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Re: Iijima Ai dead at 36
« Reply #4 on: December 25, 2008, 07:21:03 PM »
RIP

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Re: Iijima Ai dead at 36
« Reply #5 on: December 25, 2008, 10:34:11 PM »
This is a big shocking news, and I noticed how majority of Asia newspapers are mentioning this news!
RIP Iijima-san... forever beloved!
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Re: Iijima Ai dead at 36
« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2010, 02:40:11 AM »
I didn't know much about her, but I love the film that was based off of her book.

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