The features compare the estimated annual cost in 1990 due to Minamata disease
with those for pollution prevention and control measures in the area around
Minamata Bay. The real cost of the damage caused by Minamata disease,
including health-care subsidies and compensation for lost income, was probably
100 times greaters.
of the Minamata Bay : This project created 58 ha. of landfill area
at a total cost of about 48 billion yen. Of this total, Chisso Co. Ltd. assumed
the burden of 30.5 billion yen.
Compensation to the Fishing Industry : Chisso Co. Ltd. paid 140 million yen
in 1959, and 3,930 million yen in 1973-74, to the fishing industry in the area
around Minamata Bay as compensation.