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Weyerhaeuser Environmental Book s William Cronon, Editor Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books explore human relationships with natural environments in all their variety and complexity. They seek to cast new light on the ways that natural systems affect human communities, the ways that people affect the environments of which they are a part, and the ways that different cultural conceptions of nature profoundly shape our sense of the world around us. A complete listing of the books in the series appears at the end of this book. T o x i c A r c h i p e l a g o A H i s t o r y o f I n d u s t r i a l D i s e a s e i n J a pa n B r e tt L . W a l k e r F o r e w o r d b y W i l l i a m C r o n o n U n i v e r s i t y o f W a s h i n g t o n P r e s s S e att l e a n d L o n d o n © 2010 by the University of Washington Press Printed in the United States Designed by Pamela Canell 15 14 13 12 11 10 5 4 3 2 1 All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or any information storage or retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher. University of Washington Press PO Box 50096, Seattle, WA 98145, USA Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Walker, Brett L., 1967– Toxic archipelago: a history of industrial disease in Japan / Brett L. Walker. p. cm. —(Wewyerhauser environmental books.) Includes bibliographical references and index. isbn 978-0-295-98954-9 (hardback : alk. paper) 1. Occupational diseases—Japan—History. 2. Human ecology—Japan—History. 3. Japan—Environmental conditions. I. Title rc963.7.j3w45 2010 616.9'8030952—dc22 2009037663 The paper used in this publication is acid-free and 90 percent recycled from at least 50 percent post-consumer waste. It meets the minimum requirements of American National Standard for Information Sciences—Permanence of Paper for Printed Library Materials, ansi z39.48–1984. The Toxic Archipelago: A History of Industrial Disease in Japan is published with the assistance of a grant from the Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books Endowment, established by the Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation, members of the Weyerhaeuser family, and Janet and Jack Creighton. f o r c l o s e f r i e n d s How delightful it would be to converse intimately with someone of the same mind, sharing with him the pleasures of uninhibited conversation on the amusing and foolish things of this world, but such friends are hard to find. If you must take care that your opinions do not differ in the least from those of the person with whom you are talking, you might just as well be alone. —Kenkō, Tsurezuregusa (Essays in Idleness) ...


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