|Member of the House of Councillors|
29 July 2007
nationwide proportional (2013–)
January 12, 1976 |
Kodaira, Tokyo, Japan
|Political party||Independent (Caucus with the Democratic Party)|
|Spouse(s)||Mika Tsutsumi (2008–present)|
|Alma mater||Tokyo Keizai University|
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
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.
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.
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- Ryuhei Kawada official campaign supporters' website
Articles about Ryuhei Kawada (in English)
- Japan Times (2007-07-13): Novice candidates have issues
- Asahi (2007-07-23): Cover Story: Signs of change
- Boston Globe via Japan Society: Ryuhei Kawada
- Statement to Global Young Greens meeting, January 2007 (in English)
Photographs and videos of his campaign
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