Protestors at the gates of the Chisso factory: Minamata disease is caused by severe mercury poisoning. It was first discovered in Minamata city in Kumamoto prefecture in 1956. It was caused by the release of methylmercury in the industrial wastewater from the Chisso Corporation's chemical factory, which continued from 1932 to 1968. While deaths continued for 36 years, the government and company did little to prevent the pollution. In 2004, Chisso was ordered to clean up its contamination.

Protestors at the gates of the Chisso factory: Minamata disease is caused by severe mercury poisoning. It was first discovered in Minamata city in Kumamoto prefecture in 1956. It was caused by the release of methylmercury in the industrial wastewater from the Chisso Corporation's chemical factory, which continued from 1932 to 1968. While deaths continued for 36 years, the government and company did little to prevent the pollution. In 2004, Chisso was ordered to clean up its contamination.

Trace Amounts Bonus Scene - Minamata Disease/Iraqi Grain Disease

In this bonus scene from Trace Amounts scientists discuss two historical incidents of acute mercury toxicity in affected communities, dating back to the earl.

Minamata disease, to put it simply, is a disease that hits the neurological system because of severe mercury poisoning. In 1956, the people of Minamata city were poisoned due to the industrial wastewater by a certain chemical factory- thus resulting in almost 2,000 deaths.

Eugene Smith Tomoko Uemura in Her Bath Minamata, 1972 Minimata disease is a neurological syndrome caused by severe mercury poisoning. Named for a town in Japan where a plant's wastewater contaminated the bay for decades.

Minamata disease, a neurological syndrome caused by severe mercury poisoning, was first discovered in that Japanese city in 1956. Caused by the release of methyl mercury in the industrial wastewate…

Tomoko Uemura in Her Bath

20 Most Powerful Photographs Ever Taken : W. Eugene Smith took a dramatic photograph of Ryoko Uemura, holding her severely deformed daughter, Tomoko, in a Japanese bath. Both Tomoko and Ryoko were.

Ishimure Michiko and Global Ecocriticism: Acknowledging Minamata disease…

Ishimure Michiko and Global Ecocriticism: Acknowledging Minamata disease…

Bitter Sea: The Human Cost of Minamata Disease: 1st (First) Edition

Bitter Sea: The Human Cost of Minamata Disease: (First) Edition

[Victims of Minamata Disease confront Chisso's President Shimada]

[Victims of Minamata Disease confront Chisso's President Shimada]

Tomoko in Her Bath, Mother and daughter with Minamata Disease, Japan, 1971. Photographed by W. Eugene Smith.

Tomoko in Her Bath, Mother and daughter with Minamata Disease, Japan, Photographed by W.

Photo by  Eugene Smith: JAPAN. Minamata. Yahei IKEBA with his wife. They both suffer from the Minamata Disease. Yahei is bedridden and cannot feed himself. 1971.

Photo by Eugene Smith: JAPAN. Yahei IKEBA with his wife. They both suffer from the Minamata Disease. Yahei is bedridden and cannot feed himself.

Photo by Eugene Smith: JAPAN. Minamata. Isamu NAGAI at the Minamata Institute for the victims of the Minamata disease. 1971.

Eugene SMITH :: Isamu Nagai at the Minamata Institute for the victims of the Minamata disease, Japan, 1971

Tomoko in Her Bath, Minamata, Japan | Smithsonian American Art Museum

Tomoko in Her Bath, Minamata, Japan | Smithsonian American Art Museum

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