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Mercury Pollution in Minamata

Authors: Yokoyama, Hisashi

  • Overviews the methylmercury poisoning that occurred in the 1950s among residents in Minamata, Japan
  • Provides lessons for young generation, scientists, factory engineers and government administrators to avoid a repeat of the tragedy
  • Explains that the incident has not been settled yet and links this to the current global mercury pollution issue
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It overviews the poisoning which occurred in the 1950s and 1960s among the residents in Minamata who ate seafood contaminated with methylmercury discharged from the chemical factory, Chisso Corporation. It describes the history, symptoms pathogenesis and research on the causal agent, and discusses the responses of Chisso and the national and local governments to the outbreak, the victims, the compensation and environmental restructuring as well as the court ruling on claims. Based on lecture notes from a university course, it includes students’ suggestions for avoiding a repeat of the tragedy. The issue has not been settled yet, and this analysis of the incident provides useful insights into solutions to the current global mercury pollution problem. 

About the authors

​Hisashi YokoyamaField Science Education and Research Center, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan

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Table of contents (3 chapters)

Table of contents (3 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-4

    Yokoyama, Hisashi

  • Lecture on Methylmercury Poisoning in Minamata (MPM)

    Pages 5-51

    Yokoyama, Hisashi

  • Past, Present, and Future of Mercury Pollution Issues

    Pages 53-67

    Yokoyama, Hisashi

Buy this book

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  • ISBN 978-981-10-7392-2
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Softcover $24.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-981-10-7391-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Mercury Pollution in Minamata
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Environmental Science
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-981-10-7392-2
DOI
10.1007/978-981-10-7392-2
Softcover ISBN
978-981-10-7391-5
Series ISSN
2191-5547
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 67
Number of Illustrations
5 b/w illustrations, 13 illustrations in colour
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