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Portfolio - JAPAN. 1971. Minamata vs. the Chisso Corporation
W. Eugene Smith
Minamata is both a fishing village and a "one company" industrial city in the Kyushu district of Japan. It is also the setting for a historic confrontation; the victims of Minamata disease versus the Chisso Corporation. The causal agent of the disease is "methyl-mercury chloride (organic) mercury. Mercury (inorganic) was used as a catalyst in manufacturing acetaldehyde from acetylene. Small amounts left the plant as waste product; the rest of the organic mercury was created in the ocean from dumped inorganic mercury. The toxic waste discharged into the water, consumed by fish, then found itself...
Portfolio - Smith, W. Eugene


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