By Keibo Oiwa,Ogata Masato,Karen Colligan-Taylor

within the early Fifties fisherfolk and different villagers round Minamata Bay at the western coast of Kyushu, Japan, started to be afflicted by mysterious and sometimes deadly signs of what got here to be often called Minamata illness. It was once now not till 1968 that the govt. said its cause—organic mercury poisoning from effluent published by way of Chisso company, a chemical producer and the biggest company within the jap urban for which the sickness was once named. for many years the corporate denied accountability and was once joined through the japanese govt in its try to disguise up the matter regardless of proceedings and political protests.

In this compelling oral historical past, Ogata Masato, fisherman and Minamata ailment patient, tells of the devastation of methyl mercury poisoning. Spanning fifty years, his tale describes the effect of business pollutants on his personal existence, on his nuclear family, and at the fishing tradition of the Shiranui Sea. A one-time chief of Minamata sickness sufferers looking certification and reimbursement, Masato breaks away to persist with his own route to redemption.

Masato's tale starts off with the colourful village of his formative years and culminates with the potential of go back, if to not one's birthplace, then to a religious group, to a cognizance that we owe our life to the net of interrelationships that represent lifestyles. after we flip complete circle, explains Masato, we discover ourselves back on the water's part, a spot the place all lifestyles gathers. this is often the launching element for "Tokoyo," boat of the everlasting World-a global outlined right now by way of the earlier, current and destiny; a mind set within which we're in charge not just for our personal activities yet for these of our society and our species. Masato's tale, greater than anyone guy or one incident, increases questions we needs to all examine as beneficiaries of recent and technology.

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