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Source:  The Hollywood Reporter

Three decades after using tales of wartime cannibalism to condemn the political maneuvers of Japan’s ruling class, firebrand filmmaker Kazuo Hara returns with another j’accuse against his country’s officialdom with “Sennan Asbestos Disaster.”

Running nearly four hours, the documentary chronicles the protracted struggle in getting the Japanese government to admit to ignoring the deadly consequences of the country’s asbestos factories — considered a driving force behind Japan’s economic resurgence after the Second World War.

With an original title that translates as “The Japanese State vs Sennan Asbestos Villages,” the documentary offers more than just a harrowing account of the suffering of those afflicted with asbestos-related diseases. Instead, Hara focuses on the government’s war of attrition against these poor victims, unleashing mountains of red tape to derail the victims’ cases, and appeals against each and every court indictment for official negligence.

The result has been a lawsuit lasting nearly eight years, with dozens of ailing plaintiffs not living to see the outcome.

Read the story at The Hollywood Reporter. 

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