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Environmental Disaster in Japan: the Minamata Story

Among Japan's many environmental disasters, Minamata stands out. Minamata disease, a disease caused by mercury poisoning brought on by the intensive industrial activities of a chemical company and its disregard of the surrounding environment and communities, represents a tragic by product of Japan's push for industrial development. The events in Minamata have deeply affected the course of development for Japanese environmental law and policy ever since. This course intends to present and analyze the three distinctive approaches taken in response to the Japanese environmental tragedy, namely, litigation, administrative relief, and political settlement.

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