• Kirk Hartley

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.



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.”


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