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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...

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JAPAN. Minamata Bay. Fishermen. 1971.
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JAPAN. Minamata Bay. 1971.
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JAPAN. Fishermen at Minamata Bay. 1971.
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JAPAN. Minamata Bay. A fisherwoman returning from fishing. 1971....
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JAPAN. Mayor FUKE of Minamata smiling in the ancient warrior...
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JAPAN. Minamata Bay. The town celebrates every year a traditional...
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JAPAN. Minamata Bay. 1971.
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JAPAN. Minamata Bay. The Chisso Chemical plant. 1971.
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JAPAN. Industrial waste from the Chisso Chemical Plant being...
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JAPAN. Minamata Bay. Toxic chemicals, containing mercury, flowing...
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JAPAN. The Cyclator of the Chisso plant at Minamata. 1971.
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JAPAN. Minamata Bay. Chisso Chemical Plant. Pool for waste water....
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JAPAN. Minamata. Takak ISAYAMA, a 12 year old fetal (congenital)...
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JAPAN. Minamata. Mrs HAYASHIDA with her dying husband. They both...
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JAPAN. Minamata. Yahei IKEBA with his wife. They both suffer...
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JAPAN. Minamata. Bunzo HAYASHIDA, a victim of the Minamata Disease....
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JAPAN. Minamata. Iwazo FUNABA's crippled hands. She is a victim...
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JAPAN. Minamata. Iwazo FUNABA's crippled hand, a victim of the...
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JAPAN. Minamata. Brains of people who died from the Minamata...
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JAPAN. Minamata. Isamu NAGAI at the Minamata Institute for the...
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JAPAN. Minamata Bay. Demonstration by victims of mercury poisoning....
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JAPAN. Minamata. The entrance to a section of the Chisso Chemical...
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JAPAN. Tokyo. Victims of the Minamata disease, and sympathisers,...
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JAPAN. Minamata. Toyoko MIZOCUCHI's funeral. Toyoko was one of...
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JAPAN. Goi, near Tokyo. Demonstration at the Chisso Plant. 1971....
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JAPAN. Minamata Bay. Members of the Central Pollution Board at...
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JAPAN. Minamata Bay. Tomoko UEMURA, a victim of mercury poisoning,...
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JAPAN. Minamata Bay. Patients holding down a representative of...
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JAPAN. Minamata Bay. SHIMADA, President of the Chisso Plant,...
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JAPAN. Minamata. The Committee of victims demonstrating against...
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JAPAN. Minamata. Demonstration in front of the Kumamoto Courthouse,...
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JAPAN. Minamata. Demonstration in front of the Kumamoto Courthouse,...
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JAPAN. Minamata. Judge Jirp SAITO of the Kumamato District Court....
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