Minamata Pollution and the Struggle for Democracy in Postwar Japan
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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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Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Harvard University, Asia Center
Publication date: 3/21/2002
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Timothy S. George is Professor of History at the University of Rhode Island, USA.
|Tables, Maps, and Figures|
|Note on Conventions|
|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 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|
|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|