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Updates on five high-profile cases at various stages of their winding journey through Japan’s legal system:

  • The Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favor of around 500 plaintiffs seeking damages from the state for diseases contracted by construction workers following exposure to asbestos, saying the government neglected its duty to protect the workers.
  • The top court last month overturned a high court ruling that cited a 20-year time limit to deny damages to hepatitis B patients who had relapsed. The plaintiffs are men in their 60s who were infected with the virus through vaccinations as children.
Saki Sudo with Kosuke Nozaki in December 2017 | TAKASHI YOSHIDA / VIA KYODO
Saki Sudo with Kosuke Nozaki in December 2017 | TAKASHI YOSHIDA / VIA KYODO

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