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Asbestos Disasters and Public Policy: From the Prewar Era Through the Postwar Economic Boom *

  • Hiroyuki Mori

Abstract

It is extremely important to understand why the spread of asbestos-related pollution and harm was not prevented even though the hazardous properties of asbestos itself were clearly known. For this purpose, it is necessary to recognize the economic and public policy-related features of asbestos, and explore the implications of the asbestos problem for economic policy, with a focus on Japan. Given that the utilization of asbestos for textiles in the Sennan district of Osaka has the longest and most terrible history, it is appropriate to focus on the Sennan case. The government was both directly and indirectly involved with the cluster of small operations in the Sennan district that handled the primary stages in the manufacture of the asbestos products that played a key background supporting role within Japanese industry at large. Since the government put the ultimate priority on economic growth as a “national interest,” government policies on labor and the environment were assigned a subordinate role, and asbestos exposure and harm in the Sennan district spread as a result.

Keywords

Ammonium Sulfate Asbestos Exposure Osaka Prefecture Brake Lining Maritime Shipping 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Policy ScienceRitsumeikan UniversityKita-kuJapan

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