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It’s been more than six decades since the discovery of Minamata disease, a neurological disorder that resulted from the toxic dumping of methylmercury into Kumamoto Prefecture’s Minamata Bay and Shiranui Sea by chemical company Chisso Corp.

Thousands of locals who consumed contaminated seafood became ill with symptoms that include ataxia, numbness, sensory loss and muscle weakness. In extreme cases, it led to insanity, coma and death.

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