At a young age, Haruo often earned money by selling his blood at the hospital. He eventually fainted and was hospitalized from giving too much blood. Haruo married Chieko and honeymooned in Atami. They had two children, Tsukushi and Susumu.
Tsukushi at Eitoku
Haruo's wife forced their daughter to begin attending the affluent Eitoku Academy, despite Tsukushi's protests. Chieko wanted her daughter to be successful, unlike Haruo, who she said "[was] slow to get promoted."
Haruo is voiced by Nobuaki Suzuki in the Boys Over Flowers anime. His first name in the anime was Yasukichi (泰吉,Yasukichi).
Dong Zhi Cheng portrays a version of Haruto in Meteor Garden (2001). He is an ordinary office worker until he is fired and starts working as a fisherman. His ineptness sometimes causes problems for Shan Cai (Tsukushi) and his wife, though he genuinely loves them both.