Minamata Disease - 60 years later -

The first case of Minamata Disease was officially discovered on May 1st, 1956, exactly 60 years ago today.

In 2016, Japan ratified the Minamata Convention on Mercury and officially started collecting medical devices containing mercury. These are important steps for progressing to a mercury-free future.

However, looking back the past 60 years, we can not forget the many people who passed away and those still suffering from Minamata Disease.

We would like to pray for those who lost their lives to Minamata Disease and offer our deep condolences to their families.

Minamata Memorial (Minamata Disease Municipal Museum)