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Minamata Pollution and the Struggle for Democracy in Postwar Japan

ISBN-10: 0674007859
ISBN-13: 9780674007857
Edition: 2001
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Description: Based on primary documents and interviews, this text describes three rounds of responses to a tragic case of mercury poisoning, focusing on the efforts of its victims and their supporters to secure redress.

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Book details

List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Harvard University, Asia Center
Publication date: 3/21/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Based on primary documents and interviews, this text describes three rounds of responses to a tragic case of mercury poisoning, focusing on the efforts of its victims and their supporters to secure redress.

Timothy S. George is Professor of History at the University of Rhode Island, USA.

Tables, Maps, and Figures
Note on Conventions
Introduction
Background
1907-1955 Town, Factory, and Empire
The Setting The Factory Comes to Minamata
The Growth of Nitchitsu Nitchitsu, Minamata, and Imperial Japan Minamata Before the Disease Nitchitsu and Minamata
Society Defeat, Recovery, and Boom Minamata Politics in the 1950s Life in Minamata in the 1950s: Hamamoto Tsuginori
The First Round of Responses
Discovering the Disease and Its Cause
The First Solution, 1959 The Fisherfolk's Struggle for Compensation
The Victim's Struggle for Compensation "As Clean as River Water": The Third Leg of the "Solution"
"Years of Silence"?
Maintaining the Solution
The Fishers
The Patients Change Undermines the Solution Changes in Minamata Changes in Japan
The Second Round of Responses
1968-1973 Bringing the Issue to the Nation 1968
An End to Solidarity: Leave It up to Others, or Sue?
Kawamoto Teruo and the Uncertified Patients
New Forms of Action and a Broadening Base of Support
In and Out of Court: The Second Solution
The Leaflet War in Minamata Direct Negotiations in Tokyo Defections and Confrontations
The mediation Groups and the Forgery Incident
The Trial: Proving Negligence After the Verdict: Negiotating from a Position of Strength
Since 1973
Minamata and the Tragedy of Japan's "Modernity" Remembering: Tales and Lessons of Minamata
Events Since 1973: Toward a More Complete Solution Painfully Slow Healing
Conclusion: Minamata and Postwar Democracy
Epilogue: Restless Spirits
Reference Matter
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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