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The outbreak of Minamata disease over 60 years ago, the city of Minamata, Japan, is widely known about. This outbreak occurred when an industrial plant released wastewater into the environment without appropriate treatment. This tragedy has been traced through the book “Minamata: Tragedy and the Battle for Change in the History of the Environment and the Industry” by Karn Tadsanapak as editor. The book was published in September 2016 by the Ecological Alert and Recovery Foundation of Thailand. The essence of the book is to present information on the following topics: 1) the history of the coastal city community; 2) finding the cause among the concealment of the factory data; 3) the chronicle of 84 years of fighting; 4) the history of Chisso Corporation; 5) interviews with key individuals about Minamata disease; and 6) the biography of Professor Harada Masasumi, who dedicated his life to the study of Minamata. This book is like a historical record.The benefits of this book for readers include: 1) creating understanding about Minamata disease which is caused by mercury poisoning, 2) providing an academic referenceand 3) furthering the study of the effects of economical and industrial development that neglects the environmental, health and community dimensions.
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