Ryuhei Kawada

Ryuhei Kawada
  • Member of the House of Councillors
    House of Councillors of Japan

A haemophiliac who contracted human immunodeficiency virus from blood supply; joined lawsuit against Japanese government and five companies that continued to use unheated blood in transfusions, despite known HIV risk; helped create human chain around Japan's Ministry of Health and Welfare until officials pledged to open AIDS treatment centre; helped force executives of Green Cross, Japan's top blood-supplies company, to admit role in selling HIV-tainted products in 1980s; July 2007, elected as independent Member to Upper House, Japan.