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April 1992

The U.S. and Japanese work injury and illness experience

Richard E. Wokutch, Josette S. Mclaughlin

The incidence and severity of work injuries and illnesses are considerably lower in Japan then in the United States, although fatality rates are comparable. A decline in Japanese injury and illness rates noted in the 1960's and 1970's continued into the 1980's. This article compares work injury and illness experience in the U.S. and Japan by examining national work injury and illness data.

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