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World at work: Manufacturing “Tatami” mats in China
  1. G-B Xiao1,
  2. K Morinaga2,
  3. R-Y Wang3,
  4. X Zhang4,
  5. Z-H Ma5
  1. 1Ningbo Municipal Agency for Public Health Inspection, Ningbo 315010, P R China
  2. 2Osaka Medical Center, Osaka 537-8511, Japan
  3. 3Health Bureau of Ningbo, Ningbo, 315010, P R China
  4. 4The Academy of Medical Sciences, Zhejiang Province, Hangzhou, 310013, P R China
  5. 5Ningbo Municipal Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, Ningbo 315010, P R China
  1. Correspondence to:
 Associate Professor G-B Xiao
 Ningbo Municipal Agency for Public Health Inspection, 37 Yongfeng RD, Ningbo 315010, China;

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Exposure to dust may cause respiratory problems

Tatami matting produced from rush is used in almost all households in Japan. Now, most matting products are imported from China. Rush cultivation and processing began in the 1980s in China, being introduced from Japan. In 1999, the cultivation area had increased to 5980 hectares, and exports of matting to Japan were 45 000 metres in a local area of China. Chinese researchers have recently found some serious occupational hazards in the industry.


To keep the colour of the mat, the raw rush mat has to be initially smeared with mud …

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  • G B Xiao is now attending a PhD programme at Fudan University School of Public Health, Shanghai, 20032, P R China