Riki Kawara

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Tsutomu Kawara (瓦 力?, Kawara Tsutomu, 1 April 1937 – 13 January 2013) was a Japanese politician of the Liberal Democratic Party.


Kawara was a member of the House of Representatives in the Diet (national legislature).[1] 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.[1][2] Kichirō Tazawa replaced him in the post.[2]

He was later appointed construction minister in the Hashimoto cabinet.[1] He retired from politics in 2009. He died in Nanao, Ishikawa, in early January 2013 of pneumonia.[1][3]


  1. ^ a b c d 瓦力元防衛庁長官が死去 なだしお事故で辞任. Kyodo News (in Japanese). 47 News. 13 January 2013. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Japan's Military Chief Quits". Los Angeles Times. 25 August 1988. Retrieved 15 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "Former Defense Agency chief Kawara dies". Kyodo News. January 2013. Retrieved 14 January 2013.