Ryōichi Kuroda

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Ryōichi Kuroda (黒田了一?, Kuroda Ryōichi, 16 March 1911 – 24 July 2003) was a Japanese jurist and politician from Suita, Osaka.

Early life and academic career[edit]

After graduating from Tohoku Imperial University in 1933, Kuroda was sent to Manchukuo to be an instructor at a service academy. He spent five years in a Siberian labor camp before he returned to Japan in 1950, and became a professor of law at Osaka City University in 1956.

Political career[edit]

Kuroda was elected as governor of Osaka Prefecture in 1971, supported by the Japan Socialist Party and the Japanese Communist Party. In 1975, he became the first Japanese governor who won reelection with backing only from the Japanese Communist Party. He unsuccessfully ran for a third term in 1979.

While he was in office, Kuroda took positive antipollution measures and introduced free medical care for the elderly.[1] He rejected a plan to build a missile base in Osaka, for he held a view that the Self-Defense Forces were unconstitutional.

Later life[edit]

After he left from politics, Kuroda practiced at the bar. He became a member of Japan Lawyers Association for Freedom in 1981.[1]

He died of pneumonia at age 92.


  1. ^ a b Ishikawa, Motoya (1 November 2003). "黒田了一さんを悼む". 自由法曹団通信 (in Japanese). Tokyo: Japan Lawyers Association for Freedom. 1109. Retrieved 28 April 2009. 
Preceded by
Gisen Satō
Governor of Osaka Prefecture
1971 – 1979
Succeeded by
Sakae Kishi