Copyright and Links
■Copyright and Disclaimer
1. Using the Content on the Website
1) Source citation
a) Users must cite the source when using the Content. Below are possible formats for citing the source.
Examples of source citation
Source: (URL of relevant page), National Institute for Minamata Disease, Ministry of the Environment
Source: [Title of study], (National Institute for Minamata Disease, Ministry of the Environment), (URL of relevant page), (Accessed on [date])
b) If editing Content for use, indicate that the Content has been edited, as well as citing the source. It is prohibited to make public or to use edited information in a format that may misconstrue that the State (or a Ministry) had created the information.
(Examples of citation if editing Content before use)
Based on [title of report], (National Institute for Minamata Disease, Ministry of the Environment), (URL of relevant page)
Written by [name of company, etc.] and based on [title of study], (National Institute for Minamata Disease, Ministry of the Environment), (URL of relevant page)
2) No infringement of third party rights
a) Copyright or other rights over some Content may be held by a third party (This means a third party other than the State. Same below.) Any person using Content over which a third party holds copyright, or Content over which a third party holds rights other than copyright (e.g. publicity rights or image rights over a photograph) should, under their own responsibility, obtain consent for use from such third party, unless there is clear indication that the rights have already been cleared.
b) For some of the Content over which a third party holds rights, and depending on the format of source citations, the fact that a third party holds rights may be shown or suggested either directly or indirectly, however, some Content may not be clearly identified or labeled as being Content over which a third party holds rights. If such Content is to be used, it is the user’s responsible to check.
c) Even if a third party holds copyright over certain Content, in some cases such Content may be used without the copyright holder’s agreement, for example, quotations permitted under the Copyright Act.
3) Prohibited use
a) The following Content usages are prohibited.
(i) Usage that contravenes laws, statutes, ordinances or public order and morals
(ii) Usage that threatens the safety of the state or its citizens
4) Governing laws and agreed jurisdiction
a) The State bears no responsibility whatsoever for any action taken by a user involving the use of Content (including the use of information whose Content has been edited or processed).
b) Content may be changed, moved or deleted without prior notice.
|1. Links from the National Institute for Minamata Disease
2. Links to the National Institute for Minamata Disease
Linking to the National Institute for Minamata Disease Website is in principle free. However, the following points should be noted (While it is not necessary to obtain permission for a link, please send an email to
(1) Please note that the National Institute for Minamata Disease bears no responsibility whatsoever for damages arising from links to the Website.
(2) Please note that the Website address and content may be changed or deleted without prior notice.
(Because addresses may be changed and deleted without notice, as a rule, please put links to the Website on your home page.)
(3) Please clearly indicate that the link is to the National Institute for Minamata Disease Website.
(4) Ensure that the National Institute for Minamata Disease Website is not mistaken for a part of your website. Ensure that settings are such that a new window opens with the link. (To ensure that website viewers are not confused, indicate that “Clicking on the link will open a new window” or indicate as such in another manner.)
（(5) The Institute may refuse a link from any website that is not in keeping with the purpose of the Institute’s website, including a website that slanders or libels either a third party or the Institute, a website that contravenes public order and morals or any other website that contravenes laws, statutes, or ordinances.
If you have any comments or questions about the National Institute for Minamata Disease website, please send an email to
Please note that the National Institute for Minamata Disease website content may be changed or deleted without prior notice.