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The city of Minamata is located along the scenic coast of the Shiranui Sea. Minamata is a city located in Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan. It is on the west coast of Kyushu and was founded on April 1, 1949. Its sister city is Devonport in Australia.
Thousands of local inhabitants became victimized to mercury poisoning during the 1950's and 1960's and this disease was globally termed as Minamata Disease, named after the city where it was first discovered. This disease spread from a local factory's discharge of its poisonous waste waters into the Minamata Bay. However, in recent decades, Minamata is trying to overcome the blemishes of its past and has established itself as an exemplary environmental model city of the world.

As part of an effort to establish itself as an environmental city, they have taken up rigorous garbage classification and recycling programs, promotion of practices saving energy and protection of natural resources. Minamata Eco Town is an industrial park which is located just outside Minamata's city center and has several recycling related companies. As part of the program, the local people have promised to follow the following instructions:
  • To transfer the lessons learned from Minamata Disease down to the next generation.
  • To promote relief measures for victims of Minamata Disease and reconciliation among the victims and local residents.
  • Encouraging changes in industrial activities to protect people and all living things in ecocycles.
  • To protect the fundamental elements of life like sea, rivers, and mountains, and handing them down in proper condition to the coming generations.
  • Reviewing the structure of modern civilization and proposing new social systems based on the thrifty use of our limited natural resources.

The major attractions of Minamata city are as follows:
  • Minamata Disease Museum
  • Eco City Minamata
  • Yunotsuru Hot spring
  • Yunoko Hot spring
  • Fukuda Farm


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Last Updated on: December 12th, 2017