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Japan: 45 More Cases Linked To Asbestos Exposure


TOKYO, JAPAN: A further 45 people have been confirmed with health problems after exposure to asbestos from a former factory site in Ota Ward in Tokyo, the ward office said Saturday (29 Mar).

One man in his 70s died in October of pericardial mesothelioma--a form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos--and seven other people developed health problems after inhaling asbestos, according to the ward office.

The victims are all aged between 50 and 90 and have lived near the former Omori factory of asbestos-related products manufacturer Miyadera Insulation Corp, which is based in Shinagawa Ward, Tokyo.

At least 10 people in the ward are believed to have been affected by airborne asbestos, but none of them came down with symptoms of asbestos-related conditions such as pericardial mesothelioma.

Asbestos-related health problems were detected in ward residents who live near the site, with one person dying and eight others being diagnosed with pleural effusion, also called water on the chest.

This led the ward office to give free medical examinations to 916 residents and former residents who lived within 1km of the site.

Three of the 45 newly found cases of health problems involved former employees of the factory and 29 were family members and associates of employees. A further three used to play on the site as children, while 10 said they had never entered the site. (The Yomiuri Shimbun/ ANN)

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