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

February 2, 2009

On January 29th and February 2nd, 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, 67 patients were determined to have contracted a designated disease (47 with mesothelioma and 20 with lung cancer caused by asbestos)* and 2 persons who died before the enforcement of this act were determined to have contracted lung cancer caused by asbestos*.

The Minister of the Environment notified the ERCA of the results of the examination conducted on January 29th and will further notify them of those conducted on February 2nd.

*The cumulative total of those determined to have contracted designated diseases as defined by the act is 2,069 (1,658 with mesothelioma and 411 with lung cancer caused by asbestos), and the cumulative total of those determined to have contracted designated diseases by asbestos but who died before the enforcement of this act is 122 (4 with mesothelioma and 118 with lung cancer caused by asbestos).


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