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Un año del Convenio de Minamata sobre el mercurio

Part of Minamata’s new waterfront, behind whose retaining wall overlooking Minamata Bay on the Yatsushiro Sea, toxic sludge dredged from the bay is now buried. As the disease spread, so the fear of a mysterious epidemic fomented that prejudice against sufferers and their families.

It was a study by the acclaimed Magnum photographer Eugene Smith of dewastre Japanese mother holding her crippled daughter in the bath — and it remains one of the most moving photos I have ever seen. There was terrible, and totally unjust, prejudice against victims.

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. Minamata is situated on the beautiful Yatsushiro Sea, which is surrounded by the Kyushu mainland and several islands.

Again, as in previous year 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. In their announcement they added: Soon, 54 ,inamata cases were admitted, and there were 17 deaths.

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. It is also remarkable in that people who have suffered from the disease, and had their lives inexorably changed by it, regularly go there to talk to visitors and tell their stories. People could not change jobs, were refused marriage, were socially shunned.


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.

Japanese doctors went to Ontario to compare notes and to study this Canadian outbreak of mercury poisoning. 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 was a mysterious sickness of unknown origin that first affected cats, then humans, minqmata 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.

New Delhi chokes as pollution levels in Indian capital hit the worst level this year Pollution levels in New Delhi have hit their worst this year in the past two days — earning a “severe” to “emergency” rating and indicating conditions that can spark a public health crisis Although the Chisso company refuted this, experiments carried out on cats at the company hospital confirmed the suspicions.

Can humanity learn from past mistakes? Victims would tremble uncontrollably, experience numbness in their limbs, tunnel vision, horrible convulsions and great pain. It is a place of ongoing desasstre where the story of Minamata is laid out very clearly.

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

When I visited recently, my hosts again assured me that locally caught fish were safe to ve, so we enjoyed sashimi.

Minamata: a saga of suffering and hope

From toa survey was conducted that involved testing the umbilical cords of 1, embryos and the hair of ed for mercury. 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 Dseastre and English river systems for their livelihood. I had a black-and-white poster on the wall of that office, just one. That was my third visit to Minamata and I felt greatly honored.

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

If you’re not sure how to activate it, please refer to this site: A long, sad, disgraceful debacle followed, with countless protests and trials, all well documented.

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The area was famous for the quality and variety of its seafood.

Mercury pollution is a worldwide and ongoing problem. Even today, some of that prejudice lingers on.

Kyushu is a friendly place, and Minamata especially so. It appeared that a company that had begun to operate a chloralkali plant there was using mercury cells dumping effluent into the rivers.

Inwhen I was once again in Japan studying Japanese and fisheries and when I first met TanigawaI started to hear rumors from Canada about a disease similar to Minamata disease affecting First Nations peoples in Ontario.

The museum is set in a lovely park that is built on landfill that covered and contained the worst of vesastre toxic sludge dredged from the bay.