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Proceedings of the Asbestos Symposium for the Asian Countries

The 2002 Proceedings of the Asbestos Symposium for the Asian Countries are now available for purchase. The cost is $30 US for one copy (including shipping by air mail) and $15 for each additional copy. You may obtain a copy by contacting Prof. Ken Takahashi at:


Department of Environmental Epidemiology
University of Occupational and Environmental Health
Orio, Yahatanishiku
Kitakyushu City 807-8555

Journal of UOEH, Volume 24, Supplement 2
University of Occupational and Environmental Health, Japan, Kitakyushu 2002
ISSN 0387-821X

Proceedings of the Asbestos Symposium for the Asian Countries
26-27 September 2002
Ramazzini Hall, UOEH, Japan
Edited by Ken Takahashi, Suvi Lehtinen and Antti Karjalainen

Organized by
The Institute of lndustriaI Ecological Sciences,
University of Occupational and Environmental Health, Japan
The Finnish lnstitute of Occupational Health

Supported by
lnternational Labour Office World Health Organization,
Western Pacific Regional office





Epidemiologic and clinical aspects of asbestos-related diseases
Antti Karjalainen

Distribution of the asbestos problem in the society
Jorma Rantanen

The asbestos hazard and its solution in a branch of industry: An example of the construction industry
Anders Englund

Prevention, screening and surveillance of asbestos-related diseases
Kenji Morinaga, Gunner Hillerdal

Recent international activities in the prevention of asbestos hazards
Antti Tossavainen

Country Reports:

Asbestos in Singapore: Country Report
Hock Siang Lee, Hun Ping Oei, Kee seng Chia

Asbestos in Korea: Country Report
Domyung Paek and Jung Keun Choi

Asbestos in China: Country Report
Yiping Feng, Jian Liu, Tianhu Zhang, Guowei Pan

Asbestos in Japan: Country Report
Ken Takahashl, Sugio Furuya, Takehiko Murayama, Yyuji Natori, Nono Kurumatani

Asbestos in Viet Nam: Country Report
Le Tran Ngoan, Tran Thi Ngoc Lan, Le Manh Kiem, Nong Van Dong, Le The Thu, Shinya Matsuda and Takesumi Yoshimura

Asbestos in the Philippines: Country Report
Maria Beatriz G Villanueva, Nelia G Granadillos, Ma Teresita S. Cucueco and Dulce P. Estrella-Gust

Asbestos in Malaysia: Country Report
Krishna Gopal Rampal, Gerardo Lim Chin Chye

Asbestos in Thailand: Country Report
Sasitorn Taptagaporn and Somkiat Siriruttanapruk

Asbestos in Indonesia: Country Report
Paul F. Matulessy, Tjandra Y. Aditama, Slamet Ichsan, Zulmiar Yanri, Rita Katharina

Asbestos in Taiwan: Country Report
Ho-Yuan Chang, Jung-Der Wang, Chun-Wan Chen, Wen-Yu Yeh, Jung-Pin Yu, Yi-Chang Lin, Tung-Sheng Shih

Special Report:

Asbestos management in a disaster environment
East Timor 1999-2001
WGCDR Brett Wood, MAJ Gary Skewes, MAJ(Dr) Gregory Chan

Laws and regulations for asbestos in Japan
Toshiaki Higashi, Koji Yoshizumi

Comparison Table:

An International Comparison of Asbestos-related Issues in Asia
Ken Takahashi and Antti Karjalainen

General conclusion

List of participants


Front Page, Week Of:

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5/22/05: Individuals Injured by Asbestos Exposure Oppose Specter's Trust Fund Legislation

10/16/05: Victim's Organizations Form Asbestos Victims Coalition in Opposition to Asbestos Trust Fund Legislation

11/17/05: White Lung Mourns Jose Jesus Pessora

12/18/05: Frist Introducing Asbestos Bill in January

12/04/06: Asbestos Watch Newsletter: Help Celebrate the 27th Anniversary of the WHITE LUNG ASSOCIATION

Jim Fite's Alerts:

Asbestos Victim's Superfund Compensation Program

Asbestos Watch March 14, 2005 (Maryland chapter of the White Lung Association meetings)

Directorate of Safety, Health, and Environment (open letter)


Joe Oliver's Alerts:

Joe Oliver, National Board Member and former President of the White Lung Association, has issued a call to all persons to help gather evidence on the conspiracy by asbestos trade organizations to suppress the knowledge about the hazards of asbestos exposure.

If you know anything about this horrific history or have documents which can be used to further prove their heinous crimes, please contact Joe Oliver, WLA, POB 1483, Balt. MD 21203.

Leonard Makowski's Alerts:

The White Lung Association stands in opposition to The Specter Bill (S.852)

WLA Alerts & News

S.1115: Bill to amend the Toxic Substances Control Act to reduce the health risks posed by asbestos-containing products - This bill is supported by the WLA.

Meet Mr. Asbestos

Proceedings of the Asbestos Symposium for the Asian Countries - now available for purchase.

Australia Bans Asbestos!



Senator Specter Breaks Promise to Mesothelioma Patient and Research Community

Senate Judiciary Committee returns to Mark-Up on May 11th: Proposed asbestos trust fund legislation will further penalize victims of asbestos-caused diseases


World Trade Center Health:

In May 2003, the Global Environment & Technology Foundation developed the "Asbestos Strategies" report.

British Asbestos Newsletter:

The latest issue is Spring 2005


News from India:

The latest issue is January 4, 2007



December 17, 2000 is Asbestos Hazard Awareness Day


Current Projects:

Asbestos Museum


Articles & Publications:

Occupational Respiratory Diseases: Asbestos Associated Disease -- Reprinted from: Maxcy-Rosenau Public Health and Preventative Medicine 11th ed. (John M. Last, Ed.) 1980, Appleton-Century-Crofts

Asbestos Victims Deserve Compensation Not Betrayal: position release by the Board of Directors, White Lung Association



In Memoria:

Paul Safchuck May 21, 2003

Dr. William Nicholson Dies at 70

Ray Sentes Brave Fighter For Asbestos Victims

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