Minamata is a coastal town in Kumamoto Prefecture on the island of Kyushu in southern Japan. It is also the name given to a disease caused by mercury poisoning. For more than three decades, from the 1930s until the 1960s, a chemical factory owned by the Chisso Corporation released methylmercury into the Shiranui Sea near Minamata, causing severe illness, death, and widespread suffering among the local population. Minamata is generally considered one of Japan's four big modern pollution scandals, and it continues to capture the imagination of environmental activists, artists, film directors, and academics. A World Otherwise is the latest in a series of English-language monographs on Minamata, toxic waste, and environmental activism. It builds upon the scholarship of such historians as Timothy George, Brett Walker, and Simon Avenell,1 but offers a number of new perspectives. Unlike these other authors, Yuki Miyamoto is not an environmental historian, but an...

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