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.

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.

Trace Amounts Bonus Scene - Minamata Disease/Iraqi Grain Disease

In this bonus scene from Trace Amounts scientists discuss two historical incidents of acute mercury toxicity in affected communities, dating back to the earl.

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.

Bitter Sea: The Human Cost of Minamata Disease: 1st (First) Edition

Bitter Sea: The Human Cost of Minamata Disease: (First) Edition

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

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

Ishimure Michiko and Global Ecocriticism: Acknowledging Minamata disease…

Ishimure Michiko and Global Ecocriticism: Acknowledging Minamata disease…

This photograph shows a 12 year girl who was a victim of the Minamata disease. Her mother was holding her on her arms.

Photojournalism: Martin Argles

Mercury Poisoning -- Minamata Disease - YouTube

Mercury Poisoning -- Minamata Disease - YouTube

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

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

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