Former Japanese Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa, known for being very vocal and public about his anti-nuclear stand, will reportedly suspend his activities in trying to push for awareness against the dangers of nuclear energy for the time being because of poor health, this according to people close to the issue on Thursday. Hosokawa had recently run and lost the Tokyo gubernatiorial elections, with a platform that was majorly anti-nuclear.
The 76-year-old former premier’s health has not been good lately, with reports that he has not been feeling well since late March. This situation has convinced the former politician and lawmaker to rest, with sources saying that Hosokawa will undergo a medical checkup next Monday. The ex-prime minister had recently put together the Japan Assembly for Nuclear Free Renewable Energy, which he established and heads together with former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi. While on a trip in late March, it was revealed by sources that Hosokawa collapsed on two occasions, suffering bruises to his face. After that incident, he has continued to suffer from poor health, including dizziness at most times. At a recent meeting, Hosokawa himself admitted that he was not feeling well.
A source close to Hosokawa revealed that even after the Tokyo gubernatorial elections, the former prime minister had been very busy. The source expressed hope that he will get better with rest. Hosokawa will apparently remain as the head of the antinuclear organization, but is looking to step down from his posts at the Tohoku University of Art and Design in the city of Yamagata, and also in his positions at the Kyoto University of Art and Design, in the city of Kyoto.