Process Tracing of Asbestos Politics in Japan: Focus on Fiscal Years 2005 and 2006

  • Michiya Mori


This chapter examines the political processes in the enactment and implementation of the Act on Asbestos Health Damage Relief in 2006. A lot of earlier studies on asbestos problems have examined and clarified the state of asbestos-related health damage, the negative influences on society, and so forth. However, the political impact caused by asbestos disasters, especially the Kubota Shock (June 2005), has not been elucidated in detail. The political process approach is supposed to make up for a lack of comprehensive understanding of the asbestos issue. Based mainly on the Asahi Shimbun database and official documents, I explore how such diverse stakeholders as the ruling party, core government executives, ministries and government offices, companies, and local governments have mutually struggled and considered the measures over the asbestos issues.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate School of Public PolicyRitsumeikan UniversityKyotoJapan

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