Asbestos-related illnesses on the rise in Japan

March 31, 2008

JAPAN: The government has grudgingly released the names of 2,167 companies and offices around the nation where workers received compensation in connection with asbestos-related illnesses.

The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has been under pressure from groups supporting those suffering from such respiratory illnesses as well as family members to release the names quickly.

The list would enable those who lived near the companies or who had family members who worked there to get checked for diseases such as mesothelioma, a disease of the lungs which is invariably fatal.

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Japan: 45 more cases linked to asbestos exposure

March 31, 2008

TOKYO, JAPAN: A further 45 people have been confirmed with health problems after exposure to asbestos from a former factory site in Ota Ward in Tokyo, the ward office said Saturday (29 Mar).

One man in his 70s died in October of pericardial mesothelioma–a form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos–and seven other people developed health problems after inhaling asbestos, according to the ward office.

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