Mar 22, 2016

The Minamata Convention

Having experienced the dreadful results of mercury poisoning, Japan has a responsibility to help other countries in their efforts to prevent such pollution.

Oct 10, 2014

Aiding more Minamata victims

Japan's government has restarted the process of officially recognizing more sufferers of Minamata disease — discovered decades ago to be the result of eating mercury-contaminated fish — under a new guideline that the Environment Agency adopted in March.

Jul 10, 2014

Minamata disease applications rejected under new criteria

The Environment Ministry said Wednesday it has rejected demands from four people to be officially recognized as sufferers of Minamata mercury-poisoning disease, under new criteria adopted in March. Following recommendations by an ad hoc certification panel, the ministry made its first judgments on applications ...

Lecture series keeps Minamata in spotlight

Jul 9, 2014

Lecture series keeps Minamata in spotlight


A Tokyo nonprofit organization is launching a major series of lectures on Minamata disease, following a first round in 2012, as part of continuing efforts to spread awareness of the tragedy. Minamata disease was identified in 1956 as a form of mercury poisoning stemming ...

Court rules in favor of three Minamata sufferers

Mar 31, 2014

Court rules in favor of three Minamata sufferers

The Kumamoto District Court on Monday ordered the state, the Kumamoto Prefectural Government and Chisso Corp. to pay damages to three of eight unrecognized Minamata disease sufferers who sued them. In ruling on the ¥212 million damages suit, the court ordered the payment of ...

Mar 17, 2014

New burden for Minamata victims

The Environment Ministry appears to have relaxed conditions for the official recognition of Minamata disease victims, but the attached record-keeping requirements make it unlikely that many more people will receive financial relief.