Japan: New Asbestos Initiative
On April 20, 2016, the inaugural meeting of the Asbestos Sub-Committee of Japans Environment Ministrys Central Environment Council took place in Tokyo. On the agenda was a review of government relief schemes which, since 2006, have paid compensation to asbestos victims not covered by workers compensation schemes.
Mrs. Kazuko Furukawa, a leading campaigner for the rights of asbestos victims, is a member of this new government body along with one representative each from industry, local government and the medical community. Her presentation was observed by forty asbestos victims and relatives who attended the session. Other speakers who addressed the meeting included:
mesothelioma; as his exposure to asbestos was environmental, he has only received benefits under the government relief scheme. He told the meeting that the meagre amount paid out is unjust and inadequate;
All of those who spoke on behalf of the victims community called for equal and fair compensation for all those affected and not just those who had been exposed to asbestos at work. After the session a press conference took place during which calls were made for political action to remedy the injustices which persisted over asbestos compensation.
April 23, 2016