Tag - asbestos



Japan Times
Jun 5, 2021
The damage done by a lengthy appeals process
The media has no problem reprimanding the government when it loses a court case, but news outlets seldom talk about how the judicial system can drag things on.
Japan Times
May 18, 2021
Suga apologizes to asbestos victims, vowing swift settlement
Meeting plaintiffs in four suits on which the Supreme Court ruled the previous day, Suga said at the Prime Minister's Office that the government 'sincerely reflects' on its past conduct.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
May 17, 2021
Japan top court holds state liable for asbestos diseases in workers
The ruling said the government was negligent in its duty to protect workers from contracting lung cancer and other diseases linked to asbestos.
Japan Times
Jan 28, 2020
J&J CEO says he didn't read internal documents on possible asbestos in Baby Powder
Johnson & Johnson Chief Executive Alex Gorsky told a jury Monday that he did not read all the internal company documents related to potential asbestos contamination in Johnson's Baby Powder.
Japan Times
Dec 30, 2019
Tokyo to contain asbestos found at 2020 Olympics water polo venue
The Tokyo metropolitan government said Monday it will take urgent measures after asbestos was discovered in the structure of a swimming center to be used for water polo at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
Nov 30, 2019
Asbestos, Quebec, is seeking suggestions for a new town name
The town of Asbestos is moving on from its moniker with a deadly reputation.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 12, 2019
Fukuoka court orders Japan and firms to pay ¥350 million for health problems due to asbestos
The Fukuoka High Court on Monday ordered the government and four construction materials makers to pay some ¥350 million in damages to former construction workers and bereaved relatives in the Kyushu region over health problems caused by asbestos, such as lung cancer.
Sep 26, 2019
Halt further health damage from asbestos
Steps must be taken to tighten regulations to protect workers from the risk of exposure to asbestos dust when demolishing buildings.
Oct 16, 2018
Provide relief for asbestos-linked health damage
The government needs to realize that time is running short for victims of asbestos-related diseases and explore ways for settling their cases out of court.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Sep 1, 2018
Osaka High Court orders government, 10 firms to pay ¥302 million in damages over asbestos exposure
The Osaka High Court has ordered the government and 10 construction material makers to pay some ¥302 million in damages to 27 former construction workers and their kin over cancer and other health problems caused by asbestos.
Japan Times
Jul 13, 2018
Missouri jury orders Johnson & Johnson to pay over $4 billion to 22 women who allege its talc caused cancer, contained asbestos
A Missouri jury on Thursday ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay a record $4.69 billion to 22 women who alleged the company's talc-based products, including its baby powder, contain asbestos and caused them to develop ovarian cancer.
Nov 2, 2017
Addressing workers' health damage from asbestos
The government should craft a new program to provide relief to asbestos victims, many of whom are aging and ailing.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Oct 25, 2017
Yokohama District Court finds government and two firms liable in asbestos case
The government and two manufacturers of construction materials were found liable for ¥306 million in damages over asbestos-related health problems, according to a ruling by the Yokohama District Court on Tuesday.
Japan Times
Apr 16, 2016
Contamination: The human cost of dioxin, PCBs and pollution at Kadena Air Base
Documents recently obtained under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act highlight the American base's struggles to manage hazardous waste.
Japan Times
Apr 9, 2016
Contamination: Kadena Air Base's dirty secret
For the first time, documents released under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act reveal extensive pollution on an active American base in Japan.
Feb 5, 2016
Widening asbestos compensation
The government should work out a scheme to provide relief to construction workers who suffered health damage from asbestos, which was widely used during Japan's construction boom.
Jan 29, 2016
State, building supply makers ordered to pay redress for asbestos contamination
A court ordered the state and nine makers of building materials on Friday to pay ¥216 million ($1.8 million) in damages to former construction workers and their families for illnesses they developed after being exposed to asbestos at construction sites.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 19, 2015
Supreme Court upholds Kubota liability in asbestos death case
The Supreme Court has upheld a ruling that found asbestos used at a Kubota Corp. plant caused fatal mesothelioma in a man who lived near the plant and ordered the company to pay ¥31.9 million in damages to his relatives.
Nov 18, 2014
Japanese docs trying to stop all asbestos use in Asia
Japanese doctors are stepping up efforts to help Asia's developing economies stop using asbestos, sharing knowledge bitterly learned in Japan about the serious and fatal illnesses caused by the material that was used in abundance during the postwar economic boom through the 1970s.
Oct 28, 2014
Shiozaki apologizes to plaintiffs in asbestos suits
Health, Labor and Welfare Minister Yasuhisa Shiozaki has apologized to the plaintiffs in two suits in which the Supreme Court held the government responsible for failing to prevent factory workers from being exposed to asbestos.


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