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I became aware of desaetre disease afflicting people in the Minamata area of Kumamoto Prefecture during my first sojourn in Japan in the early s. Soon, 54 more cases were admitted, and there were 17 deaths.

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

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

Malaltia de Minamata

Is there any hope? 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. The area was famous for the quality and variety of its seafood. Last month I was invited to Minamata to give the keynote lecture at a ceremony commemorating the 20th anniversary of the founding of mimamata Minamata Disease Municipal Museum.

Malaltia de Minamata – Viquipèdia, l’enciclopèdia lliure

Desastrs 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. If you’re not sure how to activate it, please refer to this site: The museum is set in a lovely park that is built on landfill that covered and contained the worst of the toxic sludge dredged from the bay.

Gan Tanigawa, the famous poet and critic, frequently boasted that the best fish in the world came from desastrd home area. 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.

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Cats lost their sense ,inamata 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 | The Japan Times

Eventually, the Grassy Narrows and Whitedog First Nations sought compensation for loss of health, jobs and way of life. However, that legal quest is another long, sad, convoluted and highly disputational story — and the company responsible for the pollution closed down in Can humanity learn from past mistakes? 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.

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. Sorry, but your browser needs Javascript to use this site.

Victims would tremble uncontrollably, experience numbness in their limbs, tunnel vision, horrible convulsions and great pain.

Japanese doctors went to Ontario to compare notes and to study this Canadian outbreak of mercury poisoning.

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To hear these people is a very moving experience. Based on those test results, in May it was declared that there was no longer any danger of infantile Minamata disease. People could not change jobs, were refused marriage, were socially shunned.

It is a place of ongoing research where the story of Minamata is laid out very clearly. Kyushu is a friendly place, and Minamata especially so. 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. In their announcement they added: 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 Monitoring for mercury pollution minamaga continues in and around the area.

A long, sad, disgraceful debacle followed, with countless protests and trials, all well documented. Although the Chisso company refuted this, experiments carried out on cats at the company hospital confirmed the suspicions. 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.

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India’s first elephant hospital cheers animal activists, draws tourists At India’s first hospital for elephants, opened last week in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, year-old Asha placed her left foreleg on a stool for a doctor to attend to an injury while visit 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.

As the disease spread, so the fear of a mysterious epidemic fomented that prejudice against sufferers and their families. As an environmentalist, from afar in Canada I followed it as best I could, although every time I did so it stirred a helpless rage deep in my guts. Those people relied heavily on fish from the Wabigoon and English river systems for their livelihood. 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.

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

Even today, some of that prejudice lingers on. 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.

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.