Photo show spans Minamata woes

Nov 12, 2013

Photo show spans Minamata woes

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Some 60 pictures by a freelance photographer currently on display at a gallery in central Tokyo show glimpses of the half-century history of Minamata disease victims. Since his first visit to Minamata, Kumamoto Prefecture, in 1960 as a rookie photographer just out of college, ...

Minamata Convention is adopted

Oct 10, 2013

Minamata Convention is adopted

A thousand delegates from around 140 nations adopt a treaty in Kumamoto regulating the use and trade of mercury at a global conference organized by the U.N. Environment Program.

Minamata mercury treaty finds skeptics

Oct 7, 2013

Minamata mercury treaty finds skeptics

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Delegates from about 130 countries will gather Wednesday in the Kumamoto Prefecture cities of Minamata and Kumamoto for a three-day meeting to finalize a new international treaty seeking to ban or greatly limit the use of mercury. But critics say the treaty contains too ...

Jul 19, 2013

Union journals shed light on Minamata disease

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Journals detailing the activities of the now-disbanded labor union of Chisso Corp., responsible for the outbreak of the mercury-poisoning disease in Kyushu in the 1950s, have been reprinted to throw fresh light on how its members struggled to support victims of the pollution and ...

Jun 5, 2013

Minamata recognition criteria called outrage

The government must relax its strict criteria for officially recognizing victims of Minamata disease so more people can receive compensation, according to panelists at a symposium on the mercury-poisoning disease. Recognizing a woman posthumously as a Minamata disease victim in a landmark ruling in ...

Apr 30, 2013

Fukuoka next on Minamata exhibition tour

A Tokyo-based nonprofit organization will hold an exhibition in the city of Fukuoka in May focusing on Minamata disease. The event from May 15 to 17 will display samples of mercury-contaminated sludge from Minamata Bay in Kagoshima Prefecture and examples of the victims’ damaged ...

Apr 22, 2013

Wider Minamata relief needed

The Supreme Court upholds the recognition of a Minamata disease victim who showed only a single symptom of the disease before she died 36 years ago at 77.

Minamata exhibition honors doctor

Apr 4, 2013

Minamata exhibition honors doctor

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Masazumi Harada was not only a doctor but also a humble individual, who offered sacrificial support to sufferers of Minamata mercury-poisoning disease and learned from them. An exhibition at Kumamoto Gakuen University’s Open Research Center for Minamata Studies in Minamata, Kumamoto Prefecture, shows his ...