Minimata Disease

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  • Minimata City, Kumamoto
  • 1908 - Arrived (Chisso Co Ltd)
  • 1932 - Releasing toxic waste into Minimata Bay
  • Mercury Waste turned into Methyl Mercury
  • Cats eat fish, which ingest the Methyl Mercury
  • 1950's - Cats, crabs, fish and birds were tested and approved for Methyl Mercury ingestion
  • 1953
  • It's causing dizziness, slurred speech, and damaging the nervous system of our children
  • Everyone in our city is dying from a disease that creates epileptic-like seizures, we don't know what's causing it...
  • 1953
  • So, we've just hired scientists to place the game on other things and carried on dumping waste
  • Chisso factory actually is causing the disease, but we can't do anything or the factory closes
  • The Japanese government discovered the link between the Chisso Factory and the Minimata Disease
  • 1968
  • The government officially blamed Chisso for the entire Minimata Disease
  • 1966
  • 1970's - population dropped from 50,000 to 32,000, and the cleaning operation began
  • 1983 - the project to dredge the poisonous mud from the Minimata Bay began
  • 1995 - Japanese Supreme Court found the President guilty and fined himi 494 Billion
  • 1997 - the seafood in Minimata Bay was finally safe to eat
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