E Minamata disease Q&A

4. Lessons

Q4: What is the purpose of "Moyai-naoshi," or rejoining, that is being promoted in Minamata City?

A4: To rejoin the minds of citizens damaged by the occurrence of Minamata disease.

A long time has passed since new cases of Minamata disease ceased to occur, and it has become possible for people who used to be at odds to communicate with each other.
"Moyai" in the phrase "Moyai-naoshi" means working together to achieve something, like fastening two boats together.
Minamata City currently aims to be a "model city for the environment" and is actively taking environmental activities such as separate collection of various kinds of wastes and acquisition of ISO14001 certification.