Yohei Kono, Tokyo, Kanto, Japan

Before becoming Japan’s Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs and Speaker of the House of Representatives Yohei Kono was infected with Hepatitis C. His Hepatitis status was the subject of a New York Times article in 2002 about having to accept a liver transplant from his son Taro Kono, another notable Japanese politician over the old man’s initial objections. The Hepatitis C infection was said to have been 30 years old at that time.

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