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Minimata disease

[‚min·ē′mäd·ə di‚zēz]
(medicine)
A disorder resulting from methyl mercury poisoning, which occurred in epidemic proportions in 1956 in Minimata Bay, a Japanese coastal town, where the inhabitants ate fish contaminated by industrial pollution; the most obvious symptoms are tremors and involuntary movements.
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During the negotiations, several Minamata disease victims' groups and other organizations argued that if the convention was to bear the Minamata name, the Japanese government must resolve these issues at home, and the convention should be strong enough to prevent similar tragedies.
For example, Eto, Marumoto, and Takeya (2010) conducted a research study of the pathological changes in adult, infantile, and fetal forms of Minamata disease (MD).
When I think of the feelings of those who have suffered from Minamata disease badly for a long time, I would like to accept the Kumamoto District Court's settlement plan to achieve full relief for them,'' Hatoyama told reporters at his office in the evening.
TOKYO - The problems facing people suffering from fetal Minamata disease remain unresolved more than 50 years after the mercury-poisoning disorder was officially detected in 1956, a researcher of the disease said Sunday.
Fujimo, world experts on Minamata disease, did neurological tests on 44 residents at Grassy and 43 at Whitedog.
Marked by Minamata Disease, the oil crisis of 1973, trade friction with the US, and a general understanding that the economic and financial environment was worsening rapidly, the 1970s would appear to contain the seeds of destruction of what had become Japan.
Consequently, methylmercury poisoning came to be called Minamata disease.
Doubting this idea of modernization on the occasion of field work on Minamata disease, the mercury poisoning tragedy, Tsurumi concluded that Minamata disease was an outcome of modernization, i.
Officials of the former Environment Agency said in 1991 the opinion of eight doctors on recognition standards for Minamata disease is merely an ''administrative viewpoint,'' according to a document Kyodo News obtained Sunday.
Minamata disease, which was caused by mercury poisoning, killed hundreds of people, disabled thousands and produced birth defects in Minamata in the 1950s and 1960s.
The sometimes-fatal disease now known as Minamata disease, hit local fishers and their families: they were poisoned by the mercury wastes discharged by chemical factories into the sea, polluting the waters and poisoning the fish and shellfish, a main source of food for local people.