Japan Govt, 10 Firms Ordered to Pay 302 M. Yen over Asbestos

Society

Osaka, Aug. 31 (Jiji Press)--A high court ordered on Friday the Japanese government and 10 construction material makers to pay a total of some 302 million yen in damages to 27 former construction workers and bereaved relatives over health problems caused by asbestos, such as lung cancer.

Osaka High Court recognized the responsibility of the state and the 10 companies, including Nichias Corp. <5393>, for the health problems suffered by the workers who were exposed to the toxic substance at construction sites.

The amount of damages was increased from a January 2016 ruling by Kyoto District Court, which ordered the government and nine firms to pay 216 million yen in total.

At the high court, the 27 plaintiffs demand 960 million yen in damages from the government and 14 makers.

According to the health ministry, this is the third high court ruling among a total of 15 lawsuits going on at district and high courts, and the Supreme Court in the nation over asbestos damage caused to construction workers.

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