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Minamata Disease

  • August 23, 2016
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160824 closeup gendaiNHK’s “Close-up Gendai Plus” reported on Tuesday evening on Minamata Disease, a neurological syndrome caused by severe mercury poisoning due to the release of the toxic chemical into industrial wastewater from a Chisso Corporation chemical factory. The program said NHK obtained notes taken by the former vice president of Chisso Corporation, which revealed that politicians and bureaucrats at the time tried to help save the corporation and minimize the amount of compensation to the victims by sharply raising the criteria for recognizing victims of the disease.

 

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