Four class action lawsuits in Japan are successful in the fight against Asbestos

On May 17, 2021, the Japanese Supreme Court issued a unified ruling in four class action lawsuits brought on behalf of construction workers injured by occupational asbestos exposures. The Court upheld earlier verdicts which had recognized the Government’s negligence in failing to take timely action on the asbestos hazard; the liability of building products’ manufacturers was also confirmed. Talks are ongoing over plans to issue lump- sum payments, believed to be JP¥13 million+ (US $119,000+), to each claimant. It has been reported that the Government is in discussions with stakeholders over plans to establish a national fund to compensate other asbestos-injured workers who were not part of the class actions.


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Original article and photo credit :International Ban Asbestos Secretariat

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