A Political Economy of Asbestos Disasters

  • Hiroyuki Mori


Since the end of the twentieth century, asbestos disasters as “complex-stock disasters” have evolved into a serious social problem in many advanced industrialized nations. In Japan, prompted into action by the Kubota Shock in 2005, the government enacted the Act on Asbestos Health Damage Relief in 2006, thus creating a new safety net to provide coverage for victims of environmental asbestos exposure and other asbestos victims not covered by the nation’s workers accident compensation insurance framework. However, no comprehensive study on asbestos disasters has yet been conducted to demand a synthesis of knowledge from the social and natural sciences. In the view of social science, it is essential to understand asbestos disasters by combining multiple economic approaches. Specifically, occupational disasters and environmental pollution need to be analyzed independently of one another and then identified as a series of connected events. To that end, there seems no choice but to establish an entirely new field of political economy that can aid our understanding and eventual solution of asbestos problems as an unprecedented complex-stock disaster.


Occupational Health Social Cost Indifference Curve Mainstream Economic Stock Pollution 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Policy ScienceRitsumeikan UniversityKyotoJapan

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