Posts Tagged ‘Japan’

Japan Supreme Court holds Kubota Corporation liable for asbestos exposure

24 Feb 2015 by under Legal, News

Kubota logo 100x100 Japan Supreme Court holds Kubota Corporation liable for asbestos exposure ’s Supreme Court recently upheld a ruling that declares the Kubota Corporation, a manufacturer of farm equipment, liable for the -related fatal illness of a man who lived near the plant located in Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture. In 2005, Kubota began compensating workers who had contracted illnesses due to asbestos exposure, but this decision is this first time the Japanese Supreme Court has upheld a lower court decision recognizing corporate responsibility for asbestos-related illness in someone living near a factory. (more…)


Disastrous aftermath: asbestos poses hazard for workers in wake of natural disasters

8 Feb 2013 by under News

Tsunami illustration 100x100 Disastrous aftermath: asbestos poses hazard for workers in wake of natural disastersA recent report by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) throws light on an alarming problem often overlooked in the wake of natural disasters – the massive increase in risk of exposure to asbestos. The report specifically examines the situation in Fukushima, , following the devastating 2011 tsunami, which leveled miles of the country’s northeast coast, leaving piles of debris where communities once stood. Many of the buildings that were destroyed had been manufactured following World War II, using asbestos. (more…)


Japanese workers call for government support of asbestos illness claims

24 Mar 2009 by under Legal, News

The Tokyo-based Ban Network Japan (BANJAN) is lobbying the Japanese government to recognize and support compensation for workers who contracted or other -related diseases on the job. The organization is made up of civic groups and labor unions.

BANJAN is examining cases where workers contracted mesothelioma, a cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, as well as asbestos-related lung cancer. The group says only 7 percent of those who develop lung cancer as a result of asbestos exposure receive any support or compensation. Support for mesothelioma patients has increased slightly, from about 44.4 percent between 1995 and 2007, to about 51.8 percent of victims receiving compensation in 2004.

According to a report in The Mainichi Daily News,  often times those suffering from mesothelioma or asbestos-related illnesses are not aware of available services, or do not know how to go about filing for compensation. There also are strict guidelines to qualify for compensation, promptin BANJAN to call for a revision of the Asbestos Health Damage Relief Law to help workers qualify for benefits.

Perhaps a good sign, this week Daily News reported that the head council for the Fund for Local Government Employees Accident Compensation overturned an earlier decision to deny compnesation to the family of a worker who died of mesothelioma. Masanori Takeda died in December 2005. His work involved handling asbestos insulation.

Originally, the News reports, the compensation fund’s Osaka branch and its screening committee rejected the claim for compensation, which was filed by Takeda’s wife, saying the asbestos exposure was not a primary function of the worker’s job and therefore didn’t qualify for the public service casualty compensation.

However, the head council ruled the man’s job did involve long term exposure to asbestos, and that the mesothelioma was a result of that exposure, and granted the compensation claim.