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Result of the Medical Data Examination for Acknowledgment of Designated Diseases under the Act on Asbestos Health Damage Relief

August 19, 2010

On August 19, the Minister of the Environment conducted a medical data examination for patients suffering from asbestos-related diseases in response to requests filed by the Environmental Restoration and Conservation Agency of Japan (ERCA) based on the Act on Asbestos Health Damage Relief.

Based on the examination, 55 patients were determined to have contracted the designated diseases (46 with mesothelioma and 9 with lung cancer caused by asbestos) and 12 patients were also determined but died before the application for relief based on the law (10 with mesothelioma and 2 with lung cancer caused by asbestos).

The Minister of the Environment will notify the ERCA of the results.

* The cumulative total of those determined to have contracted the designated diseases as defined by the Act is 2,982 (2,400 with mesothelioma and 582 with lung cancer caused by asbestos), and the cumulative total of those determined to have contracted the designated diseases but died before the application for relief based on the law is 185 (148 with mesothelioma and 37 with lung cancer caused by asbestos). The cumulative total of those determined to have contracted the designated diseases by asbestos but died before the enforcement of this Act is 134 (5 with mesothelioma and 129 with lung cancer caused by asbestos).

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