Experience of Japan in Achieving a Total Ban on Asbestos
AbstractThis paper aims to examine the process through which a total ban on asbestos was achieved in Japan. We reconstructed the process, analyzed the roles of involved parties/events, and drew lessons from the Japanese experience of achieving the ban. In Japan, a bill to phase out asbestos was proposed in 1992 but rejected without deliberation. Wide support for such a ban subsequently grew, however, largely due to the actions of trade unions and civil societies in establishing a coalition, raising awareness, organizing asbestos victims and their families, and propagating information on international developments. A governmental decision towards a ban was made in 2002 based on several national and international factors. A huge asbestos scandal in 2005 preponed the achievement of a total ban and led to the establishment of comprehensive measures to tackle asbestos issues. However, challenges remain for the elimination of asbestos-related diseases. View Full-Text
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Furuya, S.; Takahashi, K. Experience of Japan in Achieving a Total Ban on Asbestos. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14, 1261.
Furuya S, Takahashi K. Experience of Japan in Achieving a Total Ban on Asbestos. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2017; 14(10):1261.Chicago/Turabian Style
Furuya, Sugio; Takahashi, Ken. 2017. "Experience of Japan in Achieving a Total Ban on Asbestos." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 14, no. 10: 1261.