Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Ryukyu Shimpo – Government to pay 25 million yen to asbestos victim’s family

The Japanese Government agreed on October 1 to accept terms of settlement by which they pay damages to the family members of a male employee who died from an asbestos-related disease after working on U.S. military bases. Two male employees who worked on U.S. bases before Okinawa’s reversion to Japanese sovereignty in 1972 died of lung cancer caused by asbestos. Their family members had filed a damage suit against the government. This is the first time that the government has accepted a settlement for damages related to asbestos-related disease in Okinawa.

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