Global Asbestos Congress 2004

November 19-21, 2004, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan


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Table of Contents
Plenary Sessions

November 19, 2004
Opening Ceremony

Opening Speakers

Moderators: Yoko Tomiyama and Sugio Furuya

Yuji Furukawa, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW), Japan
Isao Noda, Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Japan
Mitsuko Horiuchi, ILO Office in Japan
Seiko Hayashi, Japan Trade Union Confederation (JTUC-RENGO), Japan
Fiona Murie, International Federation of Building and Wood Workers (IFBWW), Switzerland
Laurie Kazan-Allen, International Ban Asbestos Secretariat (IBAS), the U.K.
Yoshiomi Temmyo, GAC2004 Organizing Committee, Japan

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Session 1: Global Health Impact of Asbestos: Urgent Action is Needed

Chairs: Kazutaka Kogi and Laurie Kazan-Allen

The WTO Trade Dispute's Impact on Global Efforts to Ban Asbestos [PDF]
Barry Castleman, Environmental Consultant, the U.S.A.

Geography of Mesothelioma: An Overview [PDF]
Claudio Bianchi, Center for the Study of Environmental Cancer - Italian League against Cancer, Monfalcone, Italy

Epidemic of Asbestos-Related Diseases [PDF]
Takehiko Murayama,, Division of Multidisciplinary Studies, School of Science and Engineering, Waseda University, Japan

The Burden of Asbestos-Related Diseases in South Africa and the Struggle for Prevention and Compensation [PDF]
Sophia Kisting, Occupational and Environmental Health Research Unit, School of Public Health and Family Medicine, University of Cape Town, South Africa [author unable to attend]
Presented by Fred Gona, National Union of Mineworkers, South Africa

Discussion
Panel: Emerging Health Effects of Asbestos in Asia

Chairs: Ken Takahashi and Noor Jehan

Korean Asbestos Strategy [PDF]
Domyung Paek, Occupational Health Program, Seoul National University, Korea

Current Status in the Use of Asbestos and Health Effects in China [presented in WS-E-10]
Tao Li, Institute of Occupational Health and Poison Control, Chinese Center for Disease Prevention and Control, China

Current Environmental Pollution at Asbestos-Cement Roofing Tile Production Factories in Vietnam and its Health Risks to the Workers [PDF]
Nguy Ngoc Toan, National Institute for Labour Protection (NILP), Vietnam

Global Health Impact of Asbestos: An Experience from Thailand [PDF]
Somkiat Siriruttanapruk, Research and Development Section, Bureau of Occupational and Environmental Diseases, Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health, Thailand

Asbestos Debate in India and South Asia [PDF]
Tushar Kant Joshi, Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health, India

Asbestos Risks: Occupational and Para-Occupational Health Status in Pakistan [PDF]
Noor Jehan, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Peshawar, Pakistan

Discussion

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Session 2: Environmental Exposure, Crisis Preparedness and Risk Communication

Chairs: Mari Christine and Sumiko Oshima

Health Effects among World Trade Center Responders [PDF]
Stephen Levin, World Trade Center Worker and Volunteer Medical Screening Program, Mount Sinai-Irving J. Selikoff Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Department of Community and Preventive Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, the U.S.A.

Asbestos Emission Caused by Demolition of Buildings after the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake [PDF]
Terazono Atsushi, Social and Environmental System Division and Research Center for Material Cycles and Waste Management, National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan

Asbestos in Ship-Breaking Business in Bangladesh [PDF]
Chowdhury Repon, Bangladesh Occupational Health, Safety and Environment Foundation, Bangladesh

Consumers' Activities on Asbestos Issues in Malaysia [PDF]
Thambyappa Jeyabalan, Consumers' Association of Penang (CAP), Malaysia

Living in the Shadow of the Asbestos Hills (The Need for Risk Based Cleanup Strategies for Environmental Asbestos Contamination in South Africa) [PDF]
Robert Jones, Rhodes University Department of Environmental Science, South Africa

Risk Communication - A Case Study: Accidental Exposure to Asbestos of Nursery School Children [PDF]
Iwao Uchiyama, Department of Urban and Environmental Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University, Japan

Lessons of Risk Communication Regarding Remaining Sprayed Asbestos in Local Schools [PDF]
Seiji Ikejiri, Nerima Ward Assembly Member, Tokyo, Japan

Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma due to Working at a Stationery Store where Sprayed Asbestos had been Used [PDF]
Yuji Natori, Hirano-Kameido Himawari Clinic, Japan

Discussion

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Session 3: Empowerment of Victims and Their Families

Panel: Japanese Asbestos Victims and Families
Chairs: Yuji Natori and Annie Thebaud-Mony

Supporting Actions for Asbestos Victims [PDF]
Yuji Natori, Mesothelioma Pneumoconiosis Asbestos Center, Japan

Activities of the Japan Association of Mesothelioma and Asbestos-Related Disease Victims and Their Families [PDF]
Kazunori Uekusa, Japan Association of Mesothelioma and Asbestos- Related Diseases Victims and Their Families, Japan

Asbestosis: My Pain from Asbestosis [PDF]
Rinzo Uno, Japan Association of Mesothelioma and Asbestos- Related Diseases Victims and Their Families, Japan

Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma: Fighting Against the Disease [PDF]
Late Norio Kato, Japan Association of Mesothelioma and Asbestos- Related Diseases Victims and Their Families, Japan

Asbestos Related Lung Cancer: As One of the Victims [PDF]
Fumitoshi Saito, Japan Association of Mesothelioma and Asbestos- Related Diseases Victims and Their Families, Japan

Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma: After Losing My Husband [PDF]
Kaeko Omori, Japan Association of Mesothelioma and Asbestos- Related Diseases Victims and Their Families, Japan

Malignant Peritoneal Mesothelioma: My Experience Nursing My Father [PDF]
Mie Saito, Japan Association of Mesothelioma and Asbestos- Related Diseases Victims and Their Families, Japan

Asbestos Related Lung Cancer: After Losing My Husband [PDF]
Kazuko Furukawa, Japan Association of Mesothelioma and Asbestos- Related Diseases Victims and Their Families, Japan

Parental Anti-Asbestos Activity and its Empowerment [PDF]
Anonym, A guardian of S Nursery School, Japan

Empowerment of Victims and Their Families in France [PDF]
Annie Thebaud-Mony, Institut National de la Sante et de la Recherche Medicale (INSERM), France

Situation and Activities of Asbestos Victims in a Developing Country: ABREA in Brazil [PDF]
Fernanda Giannasi, Brazilian Association of Asbestos Victims (ABREA), Brazil

Environmental Protection in Quebec [PDF]
Roch Lanthier, Asbestos Victims Association of Quebec (AVAQ), Canada

The Contributions of Asbestos Victims to World Public Health [PDF]
James Fite, White Lung Association (WLA), the U.S.A.

Presentation by the Author of “Lean on Me” Cancer Through a Carer's Eyes [PDF]
Lorraine Kember, Australia

Plight of Asbestos Victims in India [PDF]
Gopal Krishna, Ban Asbsetos India and Toxics Link, India

Discussion

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November 20, 2004

Session 4: Medical Aspects: Surveillance and Treatment of Asbestos-related Diseases

4-A: Mesothelioma Pathogenesis and Immunology
Chairs: Yasunosuke Suzuki and Hiroshi Iguchi

Asbestos Fiber Analysis in the Lung and Mesothelial Tissues from 168 Cases of Human Malignant Mesothelioma [PDF]
Yasunosuke Suzuki, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, the U.S.A.

Mesothelioma in Japan - It's Pathological Characteristics [PDF]
Kouki Inai, Department of Pathology, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Hiroshima University, Japan Asbestos Hazards and Mesothelioma Study Group, Japan

Clinicopathological Study on Malignant Pleural Mesotheliomas [PDF]
Kenzo Hiroshima, Chiba University, Japan

PCR/SSCP Analyses of Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor (EGFR) Mutations in Malignant Mesothelioma [PDF]
Kazuhiko Takabe, Department of Respiratory Medicine, Tsuchiura Kyodo Hospital, Japan

Cellular Characteristics of an Asbestos (Chrysotile-B) Resistant Subline of HTLV-1-Immortalized Human Polyclonal T Cell Line (MT-2) [PDF]
Takemi Otsuki, Department of Hygiene, Kawasaki Medical School, Japan

Exposure of Macrophages to Asbestos or Man-Made Mineral Fibers Causes Oxidative Stress through a Change in the Levels of S-nitrosothiol and Cellular Glutathione [PDF]
Tamako Nishiike, Department of Hygiene, Hyogo College of Medicine, Japan

Functional Alteration of Alveolar Macrophages Exposed to Asbestos Fibers: the Production of TGF-, Apoptosis and the Generation of Multinucleated Giant Cells [PDF]
Yasumitsu Nishimura, Department of Hygiene, Hyogo College of Medicine, Japan

Discussion

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4-B: Diagnosis and Treatment of Asbestos-Related Diseases
Chairs: Bruce Robinson and Takashi Nakano

Clinical Diagnosis of Asbestos-Related Diseases [PDF]
Gunnar Hillerdal, Lung Department, Karolinska University Hospital, Sweden

New Treatments and Early Detection of Mesothelioma Using Blood Tests [PDF]
Bruce Robinson, University Department Medicine, Perth, University of Western Australia, Australia

Irinotecan-Based Chemothearpy for Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma [PDF]
Shigeru Miyata, Department of Internal Medicine, Hyogo College of Medicine, Japan

Helsinki Criteria for Asbestos-Related Disease [PDF]
Antti Tossavainen, Department of Industrial Hygiene and Toxicology, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (FIOH), Finland

Diffuse Pleural Thickening related to Asbestos Exposure [PDF]
Hirotaro Miura, Yokosuka Kyosai Hospital, Japan

Differentiating between Benign Pleuritis and Mesothelioma by Radiograph using ILO2000 [PDF]
Narufumi Suganuma, Fukui University, Japan

Discussion

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Session 5: Compensation for Damages due to Asbestos

Chairs: Akira Morita and Satomi Ushijima

Compensation for Environmental and Domestic Exposure Cases [PDF]
Bob Ruers, Former Dutch Senator, founding member of Dutch Asbestos Committee and Solicitor, the Netherlands

Workers' Compensation in Japan [PDF]
Sugio Furuya, Ban Asbestos Network Japan (BANJAN) and Japan Occupational Safety and Health Resource Center (JOSHRC), Japan

Summary of Asbestos Litigation in Japan [PDF]
Akira Morita, Lawyer, Kanagawa University Graduate Division, School of Law, Japan

Nursery School Children's Asbestos Exposure Lawsuit [PDF]
Satomi Ushijima, Lawyer, Satomi Ushijima Law Office, Japan

Asbestos Litigation in Australia: Past Trends and Future Directions [PDF]
Tim Hammond, Lawyer, Slater & Gordon Lawyers, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Asbestos Litigation in New South Wales [PDF]
John O'Meally, Judge, Dust Disease Tribunal of New South Wales, Australia

Philippine Case: Asbestosis Victims Left by the US Navy at Subic Base [PDF]
Alexander Lascon, Legal Counsel, Subic Asbestosis Victims Association (SAVA), People's Task Force For Bases Clean-Up, the Philippines

Asbestos and Money: a Local Perspective from South African Asbestos Claimants [PDF]
Linda Waldman, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, the U.K

Cape Plc: South African Mineworkers' Quest for Justice [PDF]
Richard Meeran, Solicitor, Slater & Gordon Lawyers, Australia [author unable to attend]

Discussion

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Session 6: Identification, Management and Removal of Existing Asbestos

Chairs: Shigeharu Nakachi and Anders Englund

Prevention of Asbestos Risks in the Construction Sector [PDF]
Anders Englund, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Ume University, Sweden

Defining a Minimum Global Standard for the Training and Competency of Persons Involved in Management and Work with Asbestos [PDF]
Max Lopacki, National Asbestos Training & Accreditation Scheme (NATAS), the U.K. [author unable to attend]

Asbestos Management Plan for the Vienna International Center [PDF]
Heinz Kropiunik, aetas Ziviltechniker GmbH, Austria

A Case Study: Former Caseros Prison - First Asbestos Removal Project in Argentina [PDF]
Susana Muhlmann, Architect, Asbestos Removal Procedures and Legal Aspects Technical Advisor, Government of Buenos Aires, Argentina

Asbestos: New Strategies & Joint Working; the Experience of Local Government in Scotland [PDF]
Andy White, Councillor, Leader of the Council, West Dunbartonshire Council, the U.K.

A New Standard for Repair and Maintenance of Installed Asbestos-Cement Materials [PDF]
Andy Oberta, Environmental Consultant, Environmental Consultancy, the U.S.A.

Control of Asbestos in Maryland [PDF]
Mardel Knight, Maryland Department of the Environment, the U.S.A.

Status of the Use and Environmental Release of Asbestos Analyzed by Using PRTR Data in Japan [PDF]
Shigeharu Nakachi, Environmental Monitoring Laboratory (EML), Toxic Watch Network (T-Watch), Japan

Discussion

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November 21, 2004

Session 7: A World Free from Asbestos Risks: Future Strategies

Chairs: Yoshiomi Temmyo and Barry Castleman

From the "Controlled-Use" of Asbestos to the Ban on Main Asbestos Products - The Process in JAPAN: June 2002 - Oct. 2004 [PDF]
Kazuko Ouchi, Citizens Group "Let's Think About Asbestos!", Japan

The Situation in the European Union after the Total Ban on Asbestos [PDF]
Laurent Vogel, European Trades Union Confederation (ETUC), Belgium

A Study of Asbestos Use in China [PDF]
Arthur Frank, Public Health, Drexel University School of Public Health, the U.S.A.

Possibility of Using Substitute Materials for Asbestos and Non-Asbestos Fibro Cement Roofing Tiles to Reduce Environmental Pollution and Increase Workers' Health Protection in Vietnam [PDF]
Dang Dinh Tri, National Institute for Labour Protection (NILP), Vietnam

Asian Initiative to Stop the Spread of Asbestos-Related Diseases in the Region, A Proposal [PDF]
Ken Takahashi, Department of Environmental Epidemiology, Institute of Industrial Ecological Sciences, University of Occupational and Environmental Health (UOEH), Japan

Banning Asbestos in Asia, Campaigns and Strategies by the Asian Network for the Rights of Occupational Accident Victims (ANROAV) [PDF]
Sanjiv Pandita, Occupational Safety and Health Officer of the Asia Monitor Resource Center (AMRC) and Asian Network for the Rights of Occupational Accident Victims (ANROAV), Hong Kong

The Trade Union Campaign for a World-Wide Ban [PDF]
Fiona Murie, International Federation of Building and Wood Workers (IFBWW), Switzerland

Towards an Asbestos Free World! [PDF]
Laurie Kazan-Allen, International Ban Asbestos Secretariat (IBAS), the U.K.

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Closing Session

Chairs: Temmyo Yoshiomi and Barry Castleman

Sumiko Oshima

Workshops Reports
Sumiko Oshima, Hokusei-Gakuen University, Science Journalist, Japan

Fiona Murie

Joint Declaration from the International Building Trade Union Federations, made at the Global Asbestos Congress
Presented by Fiona Murie, International Federation of Building and Wood Workers (IFBWW), Switzerland

Andrew Ferguson

Tokyo Declaration
Presented by Yoshiomi Temmyo, GAC2004 Organizing Committee

Working Party: Yoshiomi Temmyo, Domyung Paek, Tushar Kant Joshi, Barry Castleman, Fernanda Giannasi, Fiona Murie, Laurent Vogel and Laurie Kazan-Allen

Laurie Kazan-Allen

Award Conferment - Tajiri Muneaki Memorial Award
Presenter: Ryuta Saito
Award Winner: Fernanda Giannasi

Barry Castleman

Award Conferment - Selikoff Award
Presenter: Arthur Frank and Yasunosuke Suzuki
Award winner: Tushar Kant Joshi

The Award Presentations

Award Conferment - Ray Sentes Award 2004
Presenter: Kyla Sentes
Award winner: GAC2004 Organizing Committee

Award Conferment - Sebastião Aparecido Alves da Silva (Chorão) Memorial Award
Presenter: Fernanda Giannasi
Award winner: Sugio Furuya

Yoshiomi Temmyo

Closing Remarks
Yoshiomi Temmyo
, GAC2004 Organizing Committee

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WORKSHOPS
November 19, 2004

Workshop A: Asian Network: Scope and Action

Chairs: Sugio Furuya and Tushar Kant Joshi

OHSEI, the Asian Workers' Occupational Health, Safety and Environment Institute, and Asbestos [PDF]
Jesper Christensen, Asian Workers Occupational Health, Safety and Environment Institute (OHSEI), Thailand [author unable to attend]

Role of Trade Unions in the Campaign for Prohibition of Asbestos [PDF]
Madhukar Pandhe, Centre for Indian Trade Unions (CITU), India

Asbestos Issues in Hong Kong [PDF]
Kan Hong Chan, Association for the Rights of Industrial Accident Victims (ARIAV), Hong Kong

Asbestos: Current Situation in Taiwan [PDF]
Ho Kuang-Wan, Taiwan Association for Victims of Occupational Injuries (TAVOI), Taiwan

Discussion

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Workshop B: Asbestos and Construction

Chairs: Naoki Toyama and Anders Englund

Asbestos Related Findings among Construction Workers and Educational Effects on Prevention [PDF]
Toshio Hirano, Kameido-Himawari Clinic, Japan

Check of Medical Receipts for Detection of Pneumoconiosis and Asbestos-Related Diseases at the Tokyo Construction Health Insurance Society [PDF]
Kyoichi Yamade, Tokyo Construction Health Insurance Society, Japan

The Activities on Pneumoconiosis and Asbestos Measures by the Tokyo Federation of the National Federation of Construction Workers' Unions [PDF]
Morimitsu Watanabe, The Tokyo Federation of National Federation of Construction Workers' Unions (Zenkensoren-Tokyo-Toren), Japan

Efforts of Tokyo Doken for the Measures against Asbestos and Pneumoconiosis [PDF]
Kazuya Miyake, Tokyo Construction Workers' General Union (Tokyo Doken), Japan

OSH Activities based on Participatory Approach at Construction Worksites [PDF]
Naoki Toyama, Tokyo Occupational Safety and Health Center, Japan

A Study on Asbestos Exposure, Health Effects and Causes of Deaths among Construction Workers [PDF]
Eiji Shibata, Aichi Medical University, Japan

Surface of Asbestos-Cement (AC) Roof Sheets and Assessment of Risk of Asbestos Release [PDF]
Jerzy Dyczek, Technology Building Materials Department, Krakow Technical University of Mining and Metallurgy, Poland

Tracing the White Enemy: A Brief Guide to Recognizing Installed Asbestos in Buildings [PDF]
Susana Muhlmann, Architect, Asbestos Removal Procedures and Legal Aspects Technical Advisor, Government of Buenos Aires, Argentina

Discussion

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November 20, 2004

Workshop C: Trade Union Initiative

A Panel of Representatives of Japanese Trade Unions
Chairs: Shigeki Yamaguchi and Hajime Miyamoto

Efforts of Local Workers' Unions to Address Asbestos Issues [PDF]
Hiroo Morita, All Japan Prefectural and Municipal Workers' Union (JICHIRO)

Prevention of Asbestos Exposure of Construction Workers and Workers Compensation [PDF]
Masaaki Sato, National Federation of Construction Workers' Unions (ZENKENSOREN)

Asbestos Issues that highlight Labor Union's Social Responsibilities [PDF]
Kinya Mizuguchi, All Japan Shipbuilding and Engineering Union (ZENZOSEN)

Prevention of Further Asbestos Exposure during Water Pipe Work and Survey on Health Effects of Asbestos Exposure among Active and Retired Employees [PDF]
Hiroshi Watanabe, Japan Water Supply Workers' Union (ZENSUIDO)

Efforts to Establish a System to Compensate Asbestos Victims [PDF]
Satohiro Konya, All Japan Garrison Forces Labor Union (ZENTYURO)

Prefectural High Schools' Asbestos Issues [PDF]
Yasunari Fujimoto, Japan Teachers' Union (JTU)

Discussion

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Workshop D: Asbestos Litigation in Japan

Chairs: Takeshi Furukawai and Barry Castleman

Reparation Claims against Johns Manville Corporation [PDF]
Naoya Endo, Lawyer, Toin Yokohama University, Japan

U.S. Naval Base Workers' Legal Struggle for Pneumoconiosis Damages [PDF]
Takeshi Furukawa, Lawyer, Takeshi Furukawa Law Office, Japan

Asbestos-Related Pneumoconiosis Lawsuits by Shipyard Workers in Yokosuka [PDF]
Kazuzo Nomura, Kanagawa Sogo Law Office, Lawyer, Japan

Close Plaintiffs-Lawyers Collaboration in a Lawsuit [PDF]
Tetsuro Ota, Chairman of the primary plaintiff party for the Mitsubishi-Nagasaki Shipbuilding Pneumoconiosis Lawsuit, Japan

The First Malignant Mesothelioma Case in Power Plant Worker in Japan [PDF]
Akio Shiraishi, Ehime Occupational Safety and Health Center, Japan

Domestic Exposure Case of Cement Pipe Worker's Son in Saitama [PDF]
Hiroko Murakami, Japan Eternit Pipe Co. Branch, General Workers' Union, Tokyo, National Trade Union Council , Japan

Case Study: Death of a Hotel Boiler Maintenance Man from Mesothelioma [PDF]
Ryo Matsuda, Lawyer, Kodera-Matsuda Law Office, Japan

Discussion

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Workshop E: Epidemiology and Public Health

Chairs: Gunnar Hillerdal and Kouki Inai

The Hazards of Using Scrap Asbestos from Ship-Breaking Operations and the Effect of Environmental Exposure to Asbestos on Women's Health in Sari Kili, NWFP, Pakistan [PDF]
Noor Jehan, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Peshawar, Pakistan

Implications of the Excessive Asbestos Related Disease Burden among Retrenched South African Miners exposed to Chrysotile Asbestos [PDF]
Sophia Kisting, Occupational and Environmental Health Research Unit, School of Public Health and Family Medicine, University of Cape Town, South Africa [author unable to attend]

Mortality Experience in an Historical Cohort of Chrysotile Asbestos Textile Workers [PDF]
Carlo Mamo, Epidemiology Unit, Piedmont Region, Grugliasco, Turin, Italy

Asbestos as an Environmental Hazard - The Example of the Szczucin Community [PDF]
Neonila Szeszenia-Dubrowska, Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine, Poland

Why is the Lung Cancer Mortality among Ironworkers High? [PDF]
Hitoshi Kubota, National Institute of Industrial Health, Japan

Time Trend of Asbestos Concentration in the Lung of Lung Cancer Patients in the Japanese General Population [PDF]
Yuichi Ishikawa, Department of Pathology, Cancer Institute, Japanese Foundation for Cancer Research, Japan

Is Chrysotile Asbestos Safe and Healthy for Developing World? [PDF]
Zulmiar Yanri, Department of Manpower and Transmigration, Republic of Indonesia

The Study Project for Health Hazards Evaluation in Asbestos-Processing Industries in Thailand [PDF]
Wisanti Laohaundomchok, National Institute for the Improvement of Working Conditions and Environment (NICE), Thailand

Countermeasures for Asbestos at Ironworks [PDF]
Hiroshi Udo, Department of Human Science, Hiroshima Bunkyo Women's University, Japan

Current Status in the Use of Asbestos and Health Effects in China [PDF]
Tao Li, Institute of Occupational Health and Poison Control, Chinese Center for Disease Prevention and Control, China

Discussion

Establishment of an Integrated Health Surveillance System of Workers for the Areas that Use Asbestos in Brazil [PDF]
Hermano Castro, Institutional Project: CESTEH/ENSP/FIOCRUZ (Oswaldo Cruz Foundation), Brazil [author unable to attend]

Survey on the Mortality from Malignant Tumors of Female Asbestos Spinning Workers [PDF]
Zhang Xing, Zhejiang Academy of Medical Sciences, Hangzhou, P.R..China [author unable to attend]

Are the Asbestos Substitutes Hazardous as well? [PDF]
Reza Gholamnia, Uromia of Medical Science University, Iran [author unable to attend]

The Lombardy Mesothelioma Registry (Northern Italy): Results of Three Years of Surveillance [PDF]
Carolina Mensi, Department of Occupational Health - University of Milano, Italy [author unable to attend]

Use of Exposure Information and Nordic Incidence Data to Predict the Expected Decline in the Mesothelioma Incidence [PDF]
Sverre Langard, Rikshospitalet University Hospital, Centre for Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Norway [author unable to attend]

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Workshop F: Victims and Support Organizations

Chairs: Kazunori Uekusa and Kyla Sentes

Victims Helping Victims [PDF]
John Flanagan, Merseyside Asbestos Victims Support Group, Liverpool, the U.K.

The Psycho-Social Effects of Asbestos Disease on the Victim and the Family [PDF]
Michele Olivia Hax Fite, White Lung Association, the U.S.A.

The Year of Ban Asbestos Canada [PDF]
Kyla Sentes, Ban Asbestos Canada (BAC), Canada

Medical vs. Medico Legal Diagnosis of Asbestos Disease in Western Australia [PDF]
George Deleuil, Asbestos Diseases Society of Australia, Australia [author unable to attend]

Struggle of Justice: Case Study of the Asbestos Victims in Gujarat, India [PDF]
Raghunath Manavar, Occupational Health and Safety Association, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
Mangabhai Patel, Asbestosis victim, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

Activities of Victims and Supporting Organizations to tackle Pneumoconiosis and Asbestos-Related Diseases in Yokosuka [PDF]
Munehiro Yasumoto, Yokosuka Pneumoconiosis (Asbestos) Victims' Group, Japan

Activities of Victims' Group in Nagasaki Area [PDF]
Shigeji Tsukahara, Mitsubishi-Nagasaki Pneumoconiosis Patients Association, Japan

The Brazilian Asbestos Mafia Counterattacks: the Last Battle [PDF]
Fernanda Giannasi, Brazilian Association of Asbestos Victims (ABREA), Brazil

Discussion

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November 21, 2004

Workshop G: Multinational Enterprises and Overseas Transfer

Chairs: Takehiko Murayama and Domyung Paek

Overseas Presence of Japanese Asbestos-Related Enterprises [PDF]
Takehiko Murayama, Division of Multidisciplinary Studies, School of Science and Engineering, Waseda University, Japan

Global Phase-Out of Asbestos Products [PDF]
Barry Castleman, Environmental Consultant, the U.S.A.

A Multinational Corporation against the Workers: Saint Gobain Strategies in France and Brazil [PDF]
Annie Thebaud-Mony, Institut National de la Sante et de la Recherche Medicale (INSERM), France

The International Asbestos Cartel [PDF]
Bob Ruers, Former Dutch Senator, founding member of Dutch Asbestos Committee and Solicitor, the Netherlands

Discussion

Workshop H: Asbestos and Shipyards

Chairs: Hirotaro Miura and Claudio Bianchi

Asbestos and Shipyards [PDF]
Claudio Bianchi, Center for the Study of Environmental Cancer - Italian League against Cancer, Italy

U.S. Shipyards: A History of Massive Asbestos Exposure and Disease [PDF]
James Fite, National Secretary, White Lung Association (WLA), the U.S.A.

Problems Faced by Shipbuilding Communities [PDF]
Andy White, Councillor, Leader of the Council, West Dunbartonshire Council, the U.K.

Mesothelioma of the Shipyard Workers in the Miura Peninsula [PDF]
Naohiko Inase, Yokosuka Kyosai Hospital, Japan

Findings of Chest X-rays and Asbestos-Related Diseases among Workers of a Shipyard [PDF]
Meiro Haruta, Yokosuka Chuo Clinic, Japan

Collaborative Actions to Obtain Justice for Victims in the Yokosuka Area [PDF]
Michitaka Hayashi, Secretary General, Pneumoconiosis and Asbestos Victims' Relief Fund, Japan

ILO2000 Workshop

Workshop on Reading ILO2000 International Classification of Radiographs of Pneumoconiosis [PDF]
Presented by Yukinori Kusaka, Fukui University, Japan

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Photo Exhibition

Asbestos or The Silent Time Bomb: Message from the Victims [PDF]
Akira Imai, Photographer, Japan


Visual Art Competition

Together for the Future - Visual Messages [PDF]


Design Project

Introduction of the GAC2004 Designers [PDF]


APPENDIX

Additional Materials

Collected Abstracts [PDF]
Abstracts from plenary and workshop presentations

Collected Poster Presentation Abstracts [PDF]

Conference Report [PDF]
Laurie Kazan-Allen, International Ban Asbestos Secretariat, the U.K.

Blood Tests, Vaccination and other Research Approaches for Mesothelioma Patients [PDF]
Bruce Robinson, University Department Medicine, Perth, University of Western Australia, Australia

The Situation of Abandoned Asbestos Mines in Brazil [PDF]
Fernanda Giannasi, Brazilian Association of Asbestos Victims (ABREA), Brazil


Congress Organization

Organizing Committee [PDF]

Supporting Bodies and Sponsors [PDF]

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