- The Japanese Government Conceals the Actual Number of Victims in the Minamata Disease Case
- Toshihide Tsuda, MD PhD
The core of the Minamata Disease problem is the issue of victim certification, and the criteria applied for this recognition, in other words the conditions put in place for officially acknowledging Minamata Disease.
Although the Japanese government and its Ministry of the Environment claim that the criteria applied for recognition are based on sound medical science, there has never been any explanation given to substantiate this claim. The so-called scientific experts retained by the government have never in the least been able to explain the medical basis for these standards. Yet, they continue to claim that they are "the experts" on Minamata Disease.
In the meantime the media report as though the scientific controversy over Minamata Disease rages on. The fact of the matter is, these so-called "experts" retained by the government are simply on the run because they cannot explain the scientific basis for the standards.
Minamata Disease is a food poisoning case. As such, if the standard methods for registering food poisoning victims were applied, there should be no problem either medically or from the standpoint of public administration, and the problems presenting themselves today would be resolved.