Ryu Matsumoto

Ryu Matsumoto (松本 龍, Matsumoto Ryū, May 17, 1951 – July 21, 2018) was a Japanese politician of the Democratic Party of Japan, a member of the House of Representatives in the Diet (national legislature). A native of Fukuoka, Fukuoka and graduate of Chuo University, he was elected to the House of Representatives for the first time in 1990 as a member of the Japan Socialist Party. He followed in the steps of his grandfather Jiichirō Matsumoto and father in command of the Buraku Liberation League. He was vice-chairman Buraku Liberation League when he suppression of free speech.[1]

He resigned from the post of the Minister of Reconstruction and vice-chairman of the Buraku Liberation League after making harsh and abrasive criticism of the two governors from the area affected by the Great East Japan earthquake as well as threatening to ruin the career of any journalists who reported his remarks. He later apologised and then blamed his behaviour on his Fukuoka background and also on his B-blood type, a popular superstition in Japan.[2]

Japanese politician, who is the secretariat head and vice chair of the Japanese Communist Party, Akira Koike also said that "the Dowa problem has already been resolved basically by residents' endeavor, continuing unfair dowa measures itself will create new prejudice" and criticizes the clamor and clarifies that such criticism is regarded as "discrimination" is a complete wrong after Suppression of free speech by Matsumoto .

He criticized Matsumoto's intimidation that "Your company is over if you publicize my remarks" as the essence of the liberation alliance. [3][4] He died of lung cancer on July 21, 2018 at the age of 67.[5]


Political offices
Preceded by
Sakihito Ozawa
Minister of Environment
Succeeded by
Goshi Hosono
Preceded by
Hiroshi Nakai
Minister of State for Disaster Management
Succeeded by
Tatsuo Hirano
Preceded by
Taku Yamasaki
Yanosuke Narazaki
Seiichi Ōta
Takenori Kanzaki
Tadashi Kawano
Representative for Fukuoka's 1st district (multi-member)
Served alongside: Taku Yamasaki, Hirotarō Yamasaki, Takenori Kanzaki, Seiichi Ōta, Yanosuke Narazaki
District eliminated
New district Representative for Fukuoka's 1st district

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