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Born in Ōmuta, Fukuoka, Eiko enrolled into the Kyushu Imperial University, in 1951, and graduated from the Faculty of Economics also in 1951. In the same year, he served as general secretary and union member of the department store chain Iwataya. In 1988, he was appointed vice chairman of the Social Democratic Party. He also served as a member of the House of Councillors, in 1995 and 2001.