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Family Wins Compensation Over Asbestos at Factory


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September 18, 2007


The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry has awarded compensation to the family of a woman who died of lung cancer after deeming that asbestos at the factory where she worked caused her cancer.

Tokyo Labor Bureau officials used an X-ray photograph of a man who worked at the same factory as the woman as evidence to conclude asbestos caused her to suffer from lung cancer.

The woman died in 1988 at age 68 after working for the brake parts factory in Tokyo.

Officials from an activist group for sufferers of asbestos-caused ailments said that X-ray photographs of the woman were not maintained at the hospital where she underwent treatment. (Mainichi)

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