Hajime Hosokawa del servicio de salud de la Chisso Corp. La gerencia de la Corp. La Prefectura de Kumamoto permita la pesca pero prohiba la venta de ese pescado La legislacin que impeda vender el pescado impuesta por el gobierno desligaba a este de responsabilidades si la gente se enfermaba por comer ese pescado. Finalmente en Julio de investigadores de la Uni.

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Daikasa Even today, some of that prejudice lingers on. Japanese doctors went to Ontario to compare notes and to study this Canadian outbreak of mercury poisoning. Based on those test results, in May it was declared that there was no longer any danger of infantile Minamata disease. Inprofessors from Kumamoto University made a formal announcement that the Minamata-area disease was a disease of the nervous system, caused by eating fish and shellfish from Minamata Bay.

Sorry, but your browser needs Javascript to use this site. As the disease spread, so the fear of a mysterious epidemic fomented that prejudice against sufferers and their families. To hear these people is a very moving experience. A long, sad, disgraceful debacle followed, with countless protests and trials, all well documented. All dedastre years minaamta 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.

Soon, 54 more cases were admitted, and there were 17 deaths. However, that legal quest is another long, sad, convoluted and highly dw story — and the company responsible for the pollution closed down in 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.

From toa survey was conducted that involved testing the umbilical cords of 1, embryos and the hair of infants for mercury. When I visited recently, my hosts again minamatw me that locally caught fish were safe to eat, so we enjoyed sashimi. 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 and marine plants are thriving.

I had a black-and-white poster on the wall of that office, just one. Minamata is situated on the beautiful Yatsushiro Sea, which is surrounded by the Kyushu mainland and several islands. There was terrible, and totally unjust, prejudice against victims. Although the surface waters can get very warm in summer due to the mild and pleasant climate, cold, mineral-rich undersea springs of freshwater mingle at the bottom of the inlets and bays with the warmer saltwater, creating a marine environment very suitable for high-quality flounders and other flatfish.

Scenically the area is lovely, with a gentle sea great for kayaking in the near-landlocked bay surrounded by densely forested mountains and rolling hills. Eventually, the Grassy Narrows and Whitedog First Nations sought compensation for loss of health, jobs and way of life.

The museum is set in a lovely park that is built on landfill minqmata covered and contained the worst of the toxic sludge dredged from the bay. There were some people who thought that image was inappropriate for the office of a Canadian government officer, but I disagreed. In their announcement they added: 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.

Gan Tanigawa, the famous poet and critic, frequently boasted that the best fish in the world came from his home area. File:Minamata map illustrating Chisso factory effluent — Wikimedia Commons Those people relied heavily ds fish from the Wabigoon and English river systems for their livelihood.

As might be expected, people there are very conscious of the environment and they actively promote clean industries, such as a plywood factory, recycling companies and so on. My first Japanese mentor in creative writing, and the man most responsible for 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. 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 Minamtaa.

Although the Chisso company refuted this, experiments carried out on cats at the company hospital confirmed the suspicions.


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