NIMD Forum 2006 II
Current Issue on Mercury Pollution in the Asia-Pacific Region

Day 1: Tuesday, 28 November 2006

Opening Session

9:00 - 9:10
Opening Address
Dr. Komyo Eto, Director General, National Institute for Minamata Disease
Welcome Remarks
Dr. Yasutaka Iwasaki, Director, Special Environmental Disease Office, Ministry of the Environment, Japan
Video Session

9:10 - 9:25 Minamata Disease

Session I:
Moderators:Dr. Guibin Jiang (Research Centre for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences)
Dr. Makoto Futatsuka (Kyushu University of Nursing and Social Welfare)
9:25 - 9:50
Interventions to Reduce Mercury Pollution in Artisanal Gold Mining Sites: the GEF/UNDP/UNIDO Global Mercury Project
Dr. Marcello Veiga (GEF/UNDP/UNIDO Global Mercury Project)
9:50 - 10:15
Mercury as a Global Pollutant and Fetuses as a High-risk Group to Methylmercury Exposure
Dr. Mineshi Sakamoto (National Institute for Minamata Disease)
10:15 - 10:40
Mercury, Fish Consumption and Human Health, with Emphasis on South China
Dr. Ming Hung Wong (Hong Kong Baptist University)
10:40 - 11:00 Break  
11:00 - 11:25
Survey Results of Mercury Exposure and Policy for Mercury Management in Korea
Dr. Guen Bae Kim (Korean National Institute for Environmental Research)
11:25 - 11:50
A Survey of Environmental Pollution by Mercury Derived from a Chemical Factory Drain in Guizhou, China
Dr. Yoshiaki Yasuda (National Institute for Minamata Disease)
12:00 - 13:10 Lunch


Session II:
Moderators:Dr. Marcello Veiga (GEF/UNDP/UNIDO Global Mercury Project)
Dr. Hiroshi Satoh (Tohoku University)
13:30 - 13:55
Mercury in Human Biomarker Materials from the Strickland-Fly Rivers Region, Papua New Guinea - Linkages to Mercury in Traditional Diets
Dr. Keith Bentley (Centre for Environmental Health Pty Ltd, Australia)
13:55 - 14:20
A Cross Sectional Survey of Hair Mercury Levels in Adult Population in Four Districts in Malaysia
Dr. Tengku Hanidza Tengku Ismail (Universiti Putra Malaysia)
14:20 - 14:45
Mercury Exposure to Workers at Gold Mining and Battery Plants in Vietnam
Dr. Vu Duc Loi (Vietnamese Academy of Science and Technology)
14:45 - 15:10
Current Mercury Level in Cambodia -with Issue on Waste Management-
Dr. Shunichi Honda (National Institute for Minamata Disease)
15:10 - 15:40 Break: Coffee served by Hot-house  
15:40 - 16:05
Mercury Pollution Issue in Buyat Bay, Minahasa, Indonesia
Dr. Supriyanto Margono (Ministry of Health, Indonesia)
16:05 - 16:30
Mercury Vapor Exposure in Small Plants Manufacturing Mercury Thermometer
Dr. Minoru Yoshida (Hachinohe University)
16:30 - 16:55
Mercury Pollution in China
Dr. Guibin Jiang (Research Centre for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences)
Visit to NIMD 17:00-18:00

Welcome Reception 19:00-21:00


Day 2: Wednesday, 29 November 2006

Session III:
Moderators:Dr. Ming Hung Wong (Hong Kong Baptist University)
Dr. Minoru Yoshida (Hachinohe University)
9:00 - 9:25
Mercury Pollution to the Environment in Mercury Mining Areas in Guizhou, China
Dr. Xinbin Feng (Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences)
9:25 - 9:50
Effects of Mercury Vapor Exposure on Neuromotor Function in Chinese Miners and Smelters
Dr. Toyoto Iwata (Akita University)
9:50 - 10:20 Break: Japanese tea served by Madoka-en  
10:20 - 10:45
Case Report on the Mercury Spill Incident in a Private School in Manila, Philippines: Actions Taken and Lessons Learned
Ms. Ana Trinidad F. Rivera (National Center for Disease Prevention and Control, Department of Health, Philippines)
10:45 - 11:10
Facts and Challenges of Mercury Pollution in Goldmining in Indonesia
Dr. Rachmadhi Purwana (University of Indonesia)
Closing Session  
11:10 - 11:20
Closing Remarks
Dr. Komyo Eto, Director General, National Institute for Minamata Disease
Closing Remarks
Dr. Marcello Veiga, GEF/UNDP/UNIDO Global Mercury Project
11:30 - 12:30 Lunch  
Excursion Tour 13:00-15:20
Meisui-en (Minamata Municipal Agency for Social Welfare)
Minamata Disease Municipal Museum