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

May 16, 2008

On May 16, the Minister of the Environment, based on the Act on Asbestos Health Damage Relief, 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 examination, 30 patients were determined to have contracted a designated disease (25 with mesothelioma and 5 with lung cancer caused by asbestos)* and one person who died before the enforcement of this act were determined to have contracted lung cancer caused by asbestos*.

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

* A cumulative total of those determined to have contracted designated diseases as defined by the act is 1,566 (1,260 with mesothelioma and 306 with lung cancer caused by asbestos). A cumulative total of those determined to have contracted designated diseases by asbestos but who died before the enforcement of this act is 101 (2 with mesothelioma and 99 with lung cancer caused by asbestos).

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