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1932, Chisso Co began releasing toxic mercury waste into Minamata Bay
In the 1950s, tests were put to action when fish started to die. They found them contaminated with mercury. Next the birds and cats that ate those fish began dying
1953, people were complaining of a strange illness, which caused them to be dizzy and have slurred speech. Then, they slowly started to die
In 1968, the blame was finally pointed to Chisso Co. After 900 people died and more than 12000 were affected
In 1995, Japan’s court found the president and director of the company guilty of the disaster and were sentenced to 2 years in prison
Finally, in 1997, the fish from the Minamata Bay were declared safe to eat. Nets trapping fish were then taken away 65 years after the pollution began.
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