Trace Amounts Bonus Scene - Minamata Disease/Iraqi Grain Disease

Trace Amounts Bonus Scene - Minamata Disease/Iraqi Grain Disease

Protestors at the gates of the Chisso factory: Minamata disease is caused by severe mercury poisoning. It was first discovered in Minamata city in Kumamoto prefecture in 1956. It was caused by the release of methylmercury in the industrial wastewater from the Chisso Corporation's chemical factory, which continued from 1932 to 1968. While deaths continued for 36 years, the government and company did little to prevent the pollution. In 2004, Chisso was ordered to clean up its contamination.

Protestors at the gates of the Chisso factory: Minamata disease is caused by severe mercury poisoning. It was first discovered in Minamata city in Kumamoto prefecture in 1956. It was caused by the release of methylmercury in the industrial wastewater from the Chisso Corporation's chemical factory, which continued from 1932 to 1968. While deaths continued for 36 years, the government and company did little to prevent the pollution. In 2004, Chisso was ordered to clean up its contamination.

The Four Big Pollution Diseases of Japan were a group of manmade diseases all caused by environmental pollution due to improper handling of industrial wastes by Japanese corporations. Although some cases of these diseases occurred as early as 1912, most occurred in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. Minamata disease: Mercury poisoning, 1932-68; Niigata Minamata disease: Mercury poisoning, 1965; Yokkaichi Asthma: Sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide, 1961; Itai-itai disease: Cadmium poisoning,1912.

Patients and relatives carry photographs of the "verified" dead on the last day of the Minamata trial

His documentary photography project on Minamata disease in the early 70's made life uncomfortable for Smith and his wife, who were living in Japan at the time. Nevertheless he continued, and drug testing became a much more serious endeavour in our lives.

Eugene Smith Tomoko Uemura in Her Bath Minamata, 1972 Minimata disease is a neurological syndrome caused by severe mercury poisoning. Named for a town in Japan where a plant's wastewater contaminated the bay for decades.

Tomoko in Her Bath, Mother and daughter with Minamata Disease, Japan, 1971. Photographed by W. Eugene Smith.

20 Most Powerful Photographs Ever Taken : W. Eugene Smith took a dramatic photograph of Ryoko Uemura, holding her severely deformed daughter, Tomoko, in a Japanese bath. Both Tomoko and Ryoko were.

W. Eugene Smith  JAPAN. Minamata. Bunzo HAYASHIDA, a victim of the Minamata Disease. 1971.

W. Eugene Smith JAPAN. Minamata. Bunzo HAYASHIDA, a victim of the Minamata Disease. 1971.

Minamata disease is a debilitating neurological syndrome caused by severe mercury poisoning. The serious health and environmental effects resulting from the mercury pollution, and the need to ensure proper management of mercury gave birth to the Minamata Convention on Mercury. Minamata Convention on Mercury was held in Kumamoto, Japan on October 10, 2013 and on August 16, 2017, entered into force. The following African Countries have signed the Minamata Convention on Mercury. Mercury is…

Minamata disease is a debilitating neurological syndrome caused by severe mercury poisoning. The serious health and environmental effects resulting from the mercury pollution, and the need to ensure proper management of mercury gave birth to the Minamata Convention on Mercury. Minamata Convention on Mercury was held in Kumamoto, Japan on October 10, 2013 and on August 16, 2017, entered into force. The following African Countries have signed the Minamata Convention on Mercury. Mercury is…

Minamata disease, Minamata Bay, Japan, 1932-1968 Local residents had been suffering from variety of symptoms including ataxia, general muscle weakness, numbness in the hands and feet, narrowing of the field of vision, damage to speech and hearing, paralysis, insanity and coma. And this horrible illness turned out to be caused by the release of methylmercury in the industrial wastewater from a nearby chemical factory over a period of 36 years.

The Most Horrifying Industrial Disasters of All Time

[Victims of Minamata Disease confront Chisso's President Shimada]

[Victims of Minamata Disease confront Chisso's President Shimada]

Tomoko in Her Bath, Mother and daughter with Minamata Disease, Japan. Copyright: Magnum Photos

Tomoko in Her Bath, Mother and daughter with Minamata Disease, Japan. Copyright: Magnum Photos

Shisei Kuwabara

TAB Event - Shisei Kuwabara "Portraits of Minamata"

Ishimure Michiko and Global Ecocriticism: Acknowledging Minamata disease…

Ishimure Michiko and Global Ecocriticism: Acknowledging Minamata disease…

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