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Minamata: a saga of suffering and hope | The Japan Times

My first Japanese mentor in creative dedastre, and the man most responsible minamatz my settling where I have now long lived in Kurohime, Nagano Prefecture because he settled here firstwas the son of a doctor, born and raised in Minamata.

As might be expected, minwmata there are very conscious of the environment and they actively promote clean industries, such as a plywood factory, recycling companies and so on.

People could not change jobs, were refused marriage, were socially shunned. With the main source of pollution stopped and the toxic sludge contained, life seems to be returning to the seas around Minamata, where I was told corals, shellfish, fish minamat marine plants are thriving.

Sorry, but your browser needs Javascript to use this site. It was a mysterious sickness of unknown origin that first affected cats, then humans, in that part of Kyushu — and which first become known to the public through an announcement made by a doctor at the company hospital of Shin Nihon Chisso Hiryo New Japan Nitrogenous Fertilizer Co.

Kyushu is a friendly place, and Minamata especially so. Last month I was invited to Minamata to give the keynote lecture at a ceremony commemorating the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Minamata Disease Municipal Museum. It is a place of ongoing research where the story of Minamata is laid out very clearly. However, that legal quest is another long, sad, convoluted and highly disputational story — and the company responsible for the pollution closed down in Japanese doctors went to Ontario to compare notes and to study this Canadian outbreak of mercury poisoning.


I had a black-and-white poster on the wall of that office, just one. In their announcement they added: To hear minwmata people is a very moving experience.

Scenically the area is lovely, with a minaata sea great for kayaking in the near-landlocked bay surrounded by densely forested mountains and rolling hills. Inwhen I was once drsastre in Japan studying Japanese and fisheries and when I first met Tanigawa minamtaa, I started to hear rumors from Canada about a disease similar to Minamata disease affecting First Nations peoples in Ontario.

File:Minamata map illustrating Chisso factory effluent routes2.png

Although the Chisso company refuted this, experiments carried out on cats at the company hospital confirmed the suspicions. There were some people who thought that image was inappropriate for the office of a Canadian government officer, but I disagreed.

It appeared that a company that had begun to operate a chloralkali plant there was using mercury cells dumping effluent into the rivers. Can humanity learn from past mistakes? Based on those test results, desastte May it was declared that there was no longer any danger of infantile Minamata disease. The area was famous for the quality and variety of its seafood.

Eventually, the Grassy Narrows and Whitedog First Nations sought compensation for loss of health, jobs and way of life. I think that if I had been living in Minamata then, I would have soon found clues in the dead fish floating in the river and the bay, and in the filthy effluent being discharged from the chemicals factory, right where fishermen tied up their boats.

A long, sad, disgraceful debacle followed, with countless protests and trials, all well documented. There was terrible, and totally unjust, prejudice against victims. Minamata is situated on the beautiful Yatsushiro Sea, which is surrounded by the Kyushu mainland and several islands.

If you’re not sure how to activate it, please refer to this site: Part of Minamata’s new waterfront, behind whose retaining wall overlooking Minamata Bay on the Yatsushiro Sea, toxic desastrf dredged from the bay is now buried. Inprofessors from Kumamoto University made a formal ,inamata that the Minamata-area disease was a disease of the nervous system, caused by eating fish and shellfish from Minamata Bay.


That was my third visit to Minamata and I felt greatly honored.

It was a study by the acclaimed Magnum photographer Eugene Smith of a Japanese mother holding her crippled daughter in the bath — and it remains one of the most moving photos I have ever seen. Gan Tanigawa, the famous poet and critic, frequently boasted that the best fish in the world came from his home area.

Under it I had printed the words: Victims would tremble uncontrollably, experience numbness in their limbs, tunnel vision, horrible convulsions and great pain.

All those years — and back since soon after World War II, in fact — the factory had been discharging methylmercury, which attacks the brain and the central nervous system, into Minamata Bay via Hyakken Harbor.

Even today, some of that prejudice lingers on.

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In the early days some doctors postulated that it was a new kind of epidemic affecting the central nervous system, while others said it was a hereditary disease. Soon, 54 more cases were admitted, and there were 17 deaths.

Mercury pollution is a worldwide and ongoing problem. Cats lost their sense of balance and twitched pitifully before dying, but it was among humans that the most awful sufferings began to present themselves.

Minamata: a saga of suffering and hope

I argued that the Minamata disaster was a lesson for the whole world, and that if we did not rigorously protect the environment, then untold suffering would be the result. Those people relied heavily on fish from the Wabigoon and English river systems for their livelihood. When I visited recently, my hosts again assured me that locally caught fish were safe to eat, so we enjoyed sashimi.

Again, as in previous year