GOING GRAY IN JAPAN

GOING GRAY IN JAPAN

Japanese in increasing numbers are going gray at an early age these days - by choice, not by biological imperative.

In a reversal of the process in the United States and many other countries, where people often turn to chemicals to hide the gray in their hair as they age, big-city Japanese teens are adding gray to their locks to be trendy. ''My boyfriend likes it, and I think it's pretty cool,'' a 16-year-old told the Associated Press.Watchers are curious to see how long the trend will last - and what happens when its followers no longer need dye to go gray.