Japanese Court Awards $13m To Asbestos Victims

February 01, 2013 at 4:33 AM

A Japanese court has ordered the government to pay $13 million to 170 former construction workers and their bereaved families over exposure to asbestos.

The Tokyo District Court however rejected the plaintiffs' claim that private construction materials firms should also be held responsible for the health problems of their workers.

The lawsuit was brought by representatives of 337 people who became ill or died as a result of their exposure to a material used widely as insulation until the mid-1980s.

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