OSAKA — A 53-year-old Minamata disease victim who appeared in a magazine article that deeply moved a young Barack Obama has written to the U.S. president, requesting a meeting when he visits Tokyo on Friday.

In his book, “Dreams From My Father,” which was published before he became president, Obama describes how as a young boy he saw a photo of a Minamata victim with her mother in a bath in the June 1972 edition of Life magazine.

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