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Dr. Masazumi Harada, who for many years was involved in the study of Minamata disease, died Monday of acute myelocytic leukemia at his home in the city of Kumamoto, his family said. He was 77.

A native of Kagoshima Prefecture, Harada researched the mercury poisoning disease, including a type affecting congenital patients who were hit by mercury in the womb. He continued pressing for early treatment of the patients.

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