Corporate blowback builds from Minamata treaty

National Aug 28, 2014

Corporate blowback builds from Minamata treaty

by Yuka Obayashi

The Japanese government lobbied hard for a global pact that limits mercury use and to name the resulting treaty after Minamata, the site of a homegrown industrial disaster from the 1950s when the toxic metal poured into a river, poisoning thousands. But a year after ...

Minamata mercury treaty finds skeptics

National Oct 7, 2013

Minamata mercury treaty finds skeptics

by Eric Johnston

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 many ...