Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Japanese reaction to Asbestos

Japan is playing role model in asbestos awareness. A government survey examined more than 20,000 Japanese appliance makers and found that 19 items currently manufactured contain asbestos. Included in these items are a bicycle from Bridgestone, refrigerators made by Hitachi and Mitsubishi and a hairdryer made by Toshiba. At the same time, Japanese government has proposed legislation that will compensate victims of asbestos-related illness, even if they haven’t filed workers accident insurance within the mandatory five year period. Though asbestos companies are paying a large part of this, the government is kicking in because many of the companies responsible went under after stricter asbestos regulations were enforced.

Matthew Stone
Public Relations

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