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Minamata disease

Minamata disease

methylmercury poisoning in Minamata and Niigata, Japan

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Published by Kodansha, Elsvier Scientific Pub. Co., distributors for the United States and Canada, Elsvier/North-Holland in Tokyo, Amsterdam ; New York, New York .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Alkylmercury Compounds -- poisoning.,
  • Hazardous Waste.,
  • Mercury Poisoning.,
  • Mercury Poisoning -- epidemiology.,
  • Mercury Poisoning -- pathology.,
  • Water Pollution -- Japan.,
  • Water Pollution, Chemical -- Japan.

  • Edition Notes

    Statementedited by Tadao Tsubaki, Katsuro Irukayama.
    ContributionsTsubaki, Tadao, 1921- ed., Irukayama, Katsuro, ed.
    The Physical Object
    Pagination317 p. :
    Number of Pages317
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL14740155M


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Minamata by Eugene and Aileen Smith is an extraordinary book in many ways. In searing photographs and words it chronicles the last few years of the fight by a group of Japanese fishing families to stop the poisoning of themselves and their children with toxic mercury by the local Chisso chemical plant in the city of Minamata/5(19).

The book however covers the cause of Minamata disease, organic mercury poisoning only periferally. I found this to be a flaw in the book. Although met as a "human history" of the effects of the organic mercury poisoning of Minamata Bay, the book still needed to cover several by: This book reinforced my experience in Japan, and it shed light on the constraints that the victims had to face in those times (Minamata disease struck in ), and how some of them have managed to beat the odds and went on to press litigation suits against the company which was responsible4/5.

Nearly forty years after the outbreak of the 'Minamata Disease,' it remains one of the most horrific examples of environmental poisoning. Based on primary documents and interviews, this book describes three rounds of responses to this incidence of mercury poisoning, focusing on the efforts of its victims and their supporters, particularly the activities of grassroots movements and popular.

The perils of mercury-poisoning are laid bare by victims of the Niigata Minamata disease who recount lingering social stigma and the importance of protecting the environment in a new book by a Tokyo publisher. “Memories of Aga, Voices from Aga,” compiled by students. Minamata by Eugene and Aileen Smith is an extraordinary book in many ways.

In searing photographs and words it chronicles the last few years of the fight by a group of Japanese fishing families to stop the poisoning of themselves and their children with toxic mercury by /5(19). The loss of the sea stripped Minamata of its soul, said Aileen Smith, co-author with her late husband, W.

Eugene Smith, of a book of photographs titled “Minamata.”. Health & Chemicals. Minamata Disease The History and Measures - Summary Summary. Minamata Disease, which is a typical example of the pollution-related health damage in Japan, was first discovered inaround Minamata Bay in Kumamoto Prefecture, and in.

Minamata is a small fishing town on the coast of the Shiranui Sea. Because of its location, townspeople eat a lot of fish. A large petrochemical plant in Minamata, run by Chisso Corporation, was suspected immediately. Chisso denied the allegations and continued its.

documented case of Minamata disease, and was officially reported with other three cases includ-ing her sister on May 1, Minamata disease is a methylmercury poison-ing associated with the daily consumption of large quantities of fish and shellfish heavily con-taminated with the toxic chemical.

The disease. Tankobon Hardcover: pages Publisher: Minamata Disease Patients Alliance () Language: English ISBN ISBN Package Dimensions: x x inches Shipping Weight: ounces Customer Reviews: out of 5 stars 1 customer rating Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8, in Books (See Top in Books)5/5(1).

"Paradise in the Sea of Sorrow" is a moving non-fiction piece about mercury poisoning in Minamata Bay, Japan. The story is written in Japanese originally, so it was slightly hard for me to follow some of the cultural aspects in the dialogue. Either way, this is an amazingly moving story. The people affected by this disease will break your by: 7.

The Book. InSmith returned to Japan for a third time and lived in the small fishing village of Minamata, with his wife Aileen. Although they planned to stay for only three months, the couple stayed for three years.

Smith’s photos on a mercury poisoning scandal in Minamata were published in Asahi Camera, Camera   Minamata disease paralyzes the human central nervous system and causes birth defects. The Japanese government recognized it as a pollution-caused disease in Kugai Jodo, published inhad a major social impact and helped many people learn about the Minamata issue.

Nearly forty years after the outbreak of the "Minamata Disease," it remains one of the most horrific examples of environmental poisoning. Based on primary documents and interviews, this book. Minamata disease is the name given to a neurological syndrome caused by or-ganic mercury intoxication.

Most commonly it results from consumption of methylmercury contaminated seafood and in severe cases is classically mani-fested by concentric constriction of the visual fields, ataxia and sensory dis-turbance in the distal by: 2.

Minamata disease, sometimes referred to as Chisso-Minamata disease, is a neurological disease caused by severe mercury poisoning. Signs and symptoms include ataxia, numbness in the hands and feet, general muscle weakness, loss of peripheral vision, and damage to hearing and speech.

In extreme cases, insanity, paralysis, coma, and death follow within weeks of the onset of symptoms. A Specialty: Toxicology, Neurology, Psychiatry. The book includes the reminiscences of a wide range of people affected by the disease, including patients, lawyers and local officials.

Looking back on the time when abnormalities hit Minamata. LibraryThing Review User Review - PghDragonMan - LibraryThing. If you can read this book, if you can look at the pictures, and not cry, you are not human.

Smith documents the slow poisoning of the people of Minamata through methyl mercury, and other compounds 5/5(2). Minamata is an important movie because of the wide-scale atrocity that it documents. However, in the midst of documenting the big picture, the smaller more intimate details are 6/ Minamata is both a fishing village and a "one company" industrial city in the Kyushu district of Japan.

It is also the setting for a historic confrontation; the victims of Minamata disease versus the Chisso Corporation. The causal agent of the disease is "methyl-mercury chloride (organic) mercury. Minamata disease, Disease first identified in in Minamata, Japan.A fishing port, Minamata was also the home of Nippon Chisso Hiryo Co., a manufacturer of chemical fertilizer, carbide, and vinyl mercury discharged from the factory contaminated fish and shellfish, which in turn caused illness in the local inhabitants who consumed them and birth defects in their children.

Minamata Disease Minamata disease is the same as methylmercury poisoning, and is characterized by neurological disorders such as ataxia, constriction of visual fields, and speech disturbance (the trias of Hunter-Russell syndrome).

Timothy George wrote the English-language history of Minamata disease Minamata: Pollution and the struggle for democracy in postwar Japan. Photos from ’s Minamata by Aileen Smith and W Eugene Smith inspired many current mercury : Joshua Sokol. Minamata disease is the same as methylmercury poisoning, and is characterized by neurological disorders such as ataxia, constriction of visual fields, and speech disturbance (the trias of Hunter-Russell syndrome).

From: Encyclopedia of Environmental Health (Second Edition), Established in by Soshisha, the Minamata Disease Museum embraces the role of handing down the complex heritage left by Minamata Disease. The faces of Shiranui sea and of those living along its shores were irreporably changed by the recklessness of Japanese economy lead by Chisso company and the Government.

Ontario Minamata disease is a neurological syndrome caused by severe mercury occurred in the Canadian province of Ontario, inand severely affected two First Nation communities in Northwestern Ontario following consumption of local fish contaminated with mercury, and one First Nation in Southern Ontario due to illegal disposal of industrial chemical waste.

The Minamata disaster - 50 years on. people died and 2, people were certified as having directly suffered from mercury poisoning - now known as Minamata : Stephen Juan.

Minamata disease, or methylmercury poisoning, was first discovered in around Minamata Bay, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan. A similar epidemic occurred in along the Agano River, Niigata Prefecture, Japan. The neuropathology of Minamata disease has been well studied; this review focuses on human cases of Minamata disease in Kumamoto by: The photo-essay and subsequent book, Minamata: A Warning to the World, was a collaboration between Smith and his then wife Aileen M.

Smith, whose photographs are also featured below. “Photography is a small voice, at best, but sometimes – just sometimes – one photograph or a group of them can lure our senses into awareness.

Minamata disease is known in Japan as one of the four environmental disasters that helped turned the tide against rampant industrial pollution in the. Minamata disease is typical of modern industrial pollution in so far as it manifests a wide geographic spread of impacts and casualties.

Furthermore, like other industrial pollution disasters, most of the effects are concentrated in lower socio-economic groups such as labourers from primary industries - in this case fishermen and their families.

The perils of mercury-poisoning are laid bare by victims of the Niigata Minamata disease who recount lingering social stigma and the importance of protecting the environment in a new book. Minamata disease: A disorder caused by methyl mercury poisoning that was first described in the inhabitants of Minamata Bay, Japan and resulted from their eating fish contaminated with mercury industrial waste.

The disease is characterized by peripheral sensory loss, tremors, dysarthria, ataxia, and both hearing and visual loss.

Even the unborn child is at risk from Minamata disease. This book is the story of a self-described “ordinary general practitioner, specializing in pediatrics,” who became involved in helping the victims of Minamata Disease in Niigata in the mids.

He continued to help them for forty years in their struggle for environmental justice in Japan. Book a Museum Tour. The Soshisha staff will be pleased to introduce you step by step to the problems caused by mercury contamination and to the struggle of the victims Minamata Disease Museum / Soshisha.

34 Fukuro, Minamata city, Kumamoto pref,Japan. Contact us. In documenting what came to be known as Minamata disease, oeuvre as if the past were a tastefully curated coffee-table book. But in Smith’s case, it plays more like some kind of.

Niigata Minamata disease (新潟水俣病, Niigata Minamata-byō) is a neurological syndrome caused by severe mercury cal in symptoms to the original outbreak of Minamata disease in Kumamoto Prefecture, the second outbreak in Niigata Prefecture was confirmed with the same name in The disease was caused by severe mercury poisoning, the source of which was methylmercury Specialty: Toxicology.

The government, which has been accused of colluding with Chisso Corporation to cover up the environmental disaster, has never attempted to find out how many people were affected by Minamata disease. The Minamata disaster has certainly been the most outstanding example recorded of the effects of industrial irresponsibility and will remain as a never to be forgotten lesson.

In that respect, this review of the outbreak and of the neuropathology of the process, of which much though not by any means all was published in the Japanese literature Cited by:.

MINAMATA DISEASE. Minamata disease is a large-scale methylmercury food poisoning that occurred in Minamata and neighboring communities in Japan during the s and s. 2, 3 Affected patients manifested neurological signs, including sensory disturbance, ataxia, dysarthria, constriction of the visual field, and hearing difficulties.

4 Up to January2, patients have been officially Cited by: 1.An account of Minamata disease, which struck a small Japanese fishing village due to methylmercury poisoning of the sea.

Originally published in Japanese inwith this translated edition published by Michigan University Classics in Japanese Studies in (notes by Livia Monnet)/5.Minamata disease. I've been working on this article for the last few months after reading several books on the subject.

I've been including information as I see fit, but before I develop the article further I would like to get some critical review of how I'm getting on so far.