With a Beaming Hope through the Tumultuous Days

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In 1958, soon after he graduated from the senior high school, T.U. got a full-time job with the Osaka Prefectural Branch Office of the Buraku Liberation League (BLL). He was 19 years old. As a BLL organizer, he visited many Buraku communities in Osaka and helped them set up local branches. His efforts contributed to building a solid organizational base of the BLL. xcюs

cv When he was 24 years old, he married a schoolteacher, Koko Takebayashi, and moved to Matsubara City where he also opened a BLL's branch office.

In 1964 when he was 26 years old, T.U. was elected Director of the Organizational Affairs Bureau of the Osaka BLL. In the early sixties, the Buraku Liberation League was under the strong influence of the Communist Party. But when the BLL finally defied the Communist line, the Party started a smear campaign against the League. Ueda led the organization to fight back. ֑xČ

{AψAC T.U. was elected as a member of the Central Executive Committee of the BLL at the age of 29 in 1967, Secretary General of the Osaka Prefectural Branch at 30 in 1968, and Chair of the Osaka BLL at 34 in 1972. Since then, he had been re-elected as the Chair until he stepped down in 1993.

In 1967, aiming to raise awareness about discrimination against Buraku people and promote anti-discrimination education, he joined his friends to create the National Association of Education for Buraku Liberation, which was later renamed as the National Institute of Education for Buraku Liberation. T.U. was elected Director General of the Institute. The Institute, in 1970, started publishing annually an auxiliary textbook for elementary and secondary school children, titled "Ningen" or "Human Beings." ǖ{uɂ񂰂v

{anƘAݗ In 1967, the Osaka Association of Buraku Businesses was set up with the aim of offering different services to Buraku business owners. Appointed as a managing director of the Association, T.U. worked for promoting industries, supporting business owners and creating jobs in Buraku communities.

T.U. also helped set up the following organizations, all of which were aimed at advancing the interests of Buraku business owners: the Dowa Trade Promotion Center (in1969), the Osaka Prefectural Dowa Financial Corporation (1969), the Osaka Prefectural Association of Dowa Construction Companies (1970), the Osaka Prefectural Dowa Meat Processing Cooperative (1970), the Osaka Sanitary Business Cooperative (1970), Shin Osaka Taxi affiliated with the Osaka Dowa Business Promotion Center (1971), the Osaka Prefectural Artificial Pearl Producers Cooperative (1972), the Buraku Tanners Cooperative (1973) which hosts a leather products fair every year, and the Takatsuki Buraku Gardeners Cooperative (1975) which holds an annual gardening fair. V^NV[cƊJn

쒆a@O Buraku people had higher risks to contract contagious diseases because of poor hygienic environments and less chances to receive adequate medical treatment because of poverty. Hoping to turn around this predicament, T.U. helped to build a community-based medical center in Hannan City, south of Osaka. The Hanan Chuo Hospital, which was opened in 1973, provides medical services to both inpatients and outpatients, benefiting not only Buraku people but also non-Buraku residents in the neighborhood.