E Minamata disease Q&A

4. Lessons

Q2: What impact did Minamata disease have on the local community?

A2: There were a variety of impacts on the local community, such as the creation of antagonism among the residents.

Commentary:
Minamata disease not only destroyed people’s health, but also had other impacts such as adverse economic effects and anxiety regarding health.
The community was also damaged.
As the number of patients continued to increase, it created problems such as antagonism about the actions to be taken against Chisso Corp. and the compensation between fishermen and parties related to Chisso Corp., as well as between the patients and non-patients.
As the results, discrimination or prejudice towards the patients came into existence.