Paul Kuroda

Photographer
Minamata Today
Biography: Photojournalist Paul Kuroda is passionate about documenting people living on the margins. Mining his home state of California, he has told the stories of terrors faced by Asian and Latino gangs, of struggles endured by migrant farmworkers, and of... MORE
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Minamata Today
Copyright Paul Kuroda 2023
Updated Mar 2022
Summary
Fifty-year revisit to W. Eugen Smith coverage of the citizens of Minamata protest against Chisso who had poisoned their bay with mercury causing thousands of deaths and disability to people who are still suffering. 
The struggle over Minamata is far from finished. At least 2,000 victims have died. Today courts are forcing the government to recognize more victims, which some estimate at as many as 30,000. Many are confined to wheelchairs or beds, complaining that diagnosis and treatment are haphazard and inadequate. Lawsuits for further compensation continue. The government still refuses to conduct an epidemiological study to determine the full scope of the poisoning.


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