MINAMATA, KUMAMOTO PREF. – 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 half-century struggle with the disease, caused by mercury-laced water dumped by a plant operated by chemical maker Chisso Corp. into the ocean.
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