Kawara was a member of the House of Representatives in the Diet (national legislature). A native of Nanao, Ishikawa and graduate of Chuo University, he was elected for the first time in 1972. In 1987, he assumed the post of director general of the defense agency. He resigned a year later after taking responsibility for the Nadashio incident. Kichirō Tazawa replaced him in the post.
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