Japanese Factory Owner (Kubota) Held Liable for Mesothelioma Death of a Person Who Worked Near the F

A Japanese newspaper brings news that a trial court in Japan (Kobe District Court) has just held Kubota Corporation liable to pay about 32 million yen (about $ 407,000) for the mesothelioma death of an 80 year old man who worked close to Kubota’s factory which used amphibole fibers. The government also was a defendant, but was exonerated. The judge ruled against a second mesothelioma plaintiff, a woman who shopped and lived in a wider area.

Asbestos use in Japan is chronicled at length in Asbestos Disaster: Lessons from Japan’s Experience by Kenichi Miyamoto, Morinaga Kenji, and Mori Hiroyuki. The World Asbestos Report includes much more detail on Kubata and asbestos.



Recent Posts

See All

About Kirk

Since becoming a lawyer in 1983, Kirk’s over 30 years of practice have focused on advising a wide range of corporations, associations, and individuals (as both plaintiffs and defendants) on both tort and commercial law issues centered around “mass torts.”


Copyright © 2020, GlobalTort All Rights Reserved.