Minamata Bay

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Noun1.Minamata Bay - a bay on the west coast of KyushuMinamata Bay - a bay on the west coast of Kyushu; in the 1950s industrial wastes caused mercury poisoning among the Japanese people who ate fish from Minamata Bay
Kyushu - the southernmost of the four main islands of Japan; contains coal fields
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At Minamata Bay, the source of the methylmercury was clear.
Minamata disease, for example, was officially recognised as a pollution sickness in 1956, after local people were paralysed by eating fish and shellfish caught in Minamata Bay in Kyushu.
The chemical company that polluted Minamata Bay denied responsibility, as did Japan's government.
Launched in 1946, the union worked for securing stable labor conditions, but it became aware in 1968 that it is ''shameful'' as human beings and as workers at the chemical maker, which brought about the tragedy, to do nothing for the victims and not to tackle the Minamata issue caused by contamination of the Minamata Bay in Kumamoto Prefecture.
Another incident happened in Minamata, Japan, where the Chisso Corporation, a chemical company, released high levels of mercury into the Minamata Bay between 1932 and 1968.
Year Five pupils at Starbank Primary in Small Heath used the nearby Birmingham Eco Park as the setting for their play, entitled The Story of Minamata Bay.
An estimated 10,000 persons were contaminated by mercury in Minamata Bay, more than 3,000 of whom died.
A resin company dumped 27 tons of mercury into Minamata Bay over a 30-year period.
The Chisso Corporation was on trial for having dumped an estimated 27 tons of mercury into Minamata Bay, part of the Shiranui Sea, off Kyushu, from 1932 to 1968.
Researchers from Kumamoti University learned that the victims were concentrated in small fishing hamlets along the short of Minamata Bay, where the dietary staple was fish.
These images begin to coalesce when one becomes aware of the event to which they make reference: the mercury poisoning of Minamata Bay in southern Kumamoto Prefecture in the 1950s and '60s, which resulted in a thousand deaths and tens of thousands of cases of chronic blurred vision, slurred speech, and fetal deformity.
Among the first such incidents was that at Minamata Bay, Japan, in 1952 when a chemical company dumped mercury into the sea, contaminating fish eaten by local villagers.