Published: Saturday 15 September 2001

A lawsuit filed by some residents of Nagoya city against the Japanese government and 10 industrial companies was recently settled after a 12-year-long battle. The lawsuit was filed in the wake of increasing air pollution in the city. Under the settlement, the 10 firms agreed to pay a total compensation of us $1.25 billion, while the petitioners agreed to drop compensation claims and demands that the government stop emissions of pollutants. The firms even admitted responsibility for the pollution and apologised to the patients and their relatives.

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