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Minamata Disease: 20 times more patients exist than the Japanese government recognizes

Mar 17 2014 Read 2660 Times

Author: Naoji Hagino, Hisashi Saitō

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The number of people suing for damages is more than 20 times the number of governmentally recognized patients. Through an examination of accounts from lawyers, doctors and plaintiffs as well as the historical progression of the Japanese government’s actions, I will discuss why a second Minamata disease occurred and how the actions of the government influenced our knowledge of methyl mercury poisoning in Japan.

 

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