Mercury poisoning first showed up more than twenty years ago in the small Japanese coastal town of Minamata those population had eaten contaminated seafood.
Mercury poisoning first showed up more than twenty years ago in the small Japanese coastal town of Minamata those population had eaten contaminated seafood. Since then many deaths have occurred in the United States, Japan, Canada, Sweden and elsewhere from the consumption of fish caught in Japan's contaminated seas and animals fed on grain treated with mercury.
Although the danger has been known for two decades, it was only towards the end May last year that fishing in Minamata Bay was prohibited. It was last year, too, that a District Court in Central Kyushu awarded substantial damages to victims of mercury poisoning in Minamata.
The victims of mercury poisoning, or Minamata disease, as it is known in Japan, suffer paralyans of the limbs, narrow vision, deafness, speech impediments and other symptoms.
The danger of mercury poisoning has now been realised on a world-wide scale, and steps to counter it have been taken by many countries.