The highly toxic chemical affected fish and shellfish in the bay that were then eaten by humans, who contracted mercury poisoning, which came to be known as Minamata disease
With its first-hand experience of Minamata disease
, a serious illness caused by mercury poisoning and named after the Japanese city where it was first discovered, Japan has played a leading role in global mercury reduction.
And it is almost always associated with Minamata disease
. It is named after a port city in southeastern Kyushu in Japan.
The plotline of the film follows the story of World War II photographer Eugene Smith on his way to Japan in the 1970s to document the Minamata disease
scandal, wherein a chemical company was responsible in affecting a coastal community.
revisited: an update on the acute and chronic manifestations of methyl mercury poisoning.
Distal extremity hypoalgesia was not observed, and all patients had no severe central nervous system symptoms, such as lags in response, seizures, confusion, difficulty in swallowing, glossolalia, deafness, narrow field of vision, strabismus, or photophobia, which were similar with Minamata disease
This prompted calls for the declaration of a health crisis and the immediate evacuation and relocation of residents who showed symptoms of Minamata disease
, named after the fishing village in Japan that in the late 1950s suffered the effects of mercury poisoning.
 Social Scientific Study Group on Minamata Disease
, In the Hope of Avoiding Repetition of Tragedy of Minamata Disease
, National Institute for Minamata Disease
, Minamata, Japan, 1999.
Hanada, an expert on Minamata disease
, and his colleague received a standing ovation for their commitment to both communities.
In the 1960s, industrial mercury contamination of the local river system brought congenital Minamata Disease
to Grassy Narrows as well as mass unemployment.
Mercury pollution can lead to severe neurological ailments such as Minamata disease
. The ESTH hubs are working to build awareness of the problem and encourage local authorities to adhere to the Minamata Convention on Mercury, a treaty that aims to reduce mercury pollution.
One such case was the outbreak of what is now known as Minamata disease
in Japan in the 1960s.