YOKOSUKA, Kanagawa Pref. (Kyodo) The Yokohama District Court ordered the government Monday to pay about ¥77 million to the family of a deceased man who developed mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos while working at the U.S. naval base in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture.

Presiding Judge Haruhiko Sakae of the Yokosuka branch of the district court ruled the government and the U.S. military neglected to take necessary safety measures, such as having workers wear protective masks.

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