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Yohei Kono - Politician Hepatitis C

Carrier No. 1265 Reported by on Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Yohei Kono
Politician Yohei Kono
First Name: Yohei
Last Name: Kono
Occupation: Politician
STD(s): Hepatitis C
City: Tokyo
State/Territory: Kanto
Country: Japan
Age: 75
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Race: Asian
Sex: Male
Hair: Black
Eyes: Brown
Height: 5 ft. 7 inches
Weight: 170 lbs.
Infection Date: Sunday, June 25, 1972:
Disclosure History: Has not failed to notify someone before exposure
Information Source: Published Source

Yohei Kono didn’t let Hepatitis C stop him from becoming Japan's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Speaker of the House of Representatives. In 2002 Kono’s STD status became the subject of a New York Times article when he had to accept a liver transplant from his son Taro Kono, another notable Japanese politician over the his initial objections. The Hepatitis C infection was said to have been 30 years old at that time.

This report has been updated to include a video of Kono advocating that the Japanese government adapt as policy a statement he made in 1993 known as the "Kono Statement" probably because his name is Kono and it is his statement, which is of course why he supports it.

The source link has also been updated.

This report is part of ACSERP. It's ACSERP count is '2'.


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