Ryuhei Kawada

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Ryuhei Kawada
川田 龍平
Member of the House of Councillors
Assumed office
29 July 2007
Constituency Tokyo (2007–2013)
nationwide proportional (2013–)
Personal details
Born (1976-01-12) January 12, 1976 (age 41)
Kodaira, Tokyo, Japan
Political party Independent (Caucus with the Democratic Party)
Spouse(s) Mika Tsutsumi (2008–present)
Alma mater Tokyo Keizai University
Website http://ryuheikawada.jp/

Ryuhei Kawada (川田 龍平 Kawada Ryūhei?, January 12, 1976) is a Japanese activist, haemophiliac, and member of the House of Councillors (Japan). Ryuhei Kawada became famous for being the Japanese person to come out as HIV positive.

HIV-tainted blood scandal in Japan[edit]

In the late 1980s, between one and two thousand Japanese patients with haemophilia contracted HIV via tainted blood products. Upon discovering he was one of the affected, Ryuhei Kawada joined the lawsuit against Green Cross Corporation that provided the tainted blood products, which eventually led to the guilty pleas from three executives in 1997.[1]

Political career[edit]

In the Japanese House of Councillors election, 2007, Kawada won a seat in the House of Councillors. He has expressed a desire to work on issues of health, welfare, and labour. He has also indicated he will form a Green Party of Japan based on the Rainbow and Greens which supported his campaign. He belonged to Your Party in December 2009.


  1. ^ CBS News (2000): Japan: Convictions In Blood Scandal

External links[edit]

Articles about Ryuhei Kawada (in English)[edit]

Photographs and videos of his campaign[edit]