JAPAN Emperor and Empress visited the bereaved families of MINAMATA Disease victims

Updated 11 November 2013


Crown Princess Masako and her grandfather the late Mr. Yutaka EGASHIRA, ex-president of  CHISSO Corp.which caused MINAMTA DISEASE.

On 27 October 2013, Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress  visited Minimata city and offered flowers to the cenotaph for MINAMTA DISEASE victims. They visited MMINAMATA Memorial, MINAMATA Desease Municipal Museum and talked with the bereaved families of victims for the first time.

The news in English

When I knew this news, I had a question why Princess Masako doesn’t go there?

It is well-known that  Crown Princess Masako’s grandfather was the president of CHISSO Corp. which caused MINSMATA DISEASE. His name is Yutaka EGASHIRA, he lived with MASAKO’s family.

It is well-known that Mr.EGASHIRA was so arrogant and wicked. He sent victims’ families and the press away with YAKUZA. He never apologized victims and their families.

Mr.Egashira said in public, on TV etc. ‘What cheek! What a thing for COMMONERS to say to us! The poor ate rotten fishes and became ill!’ (this is very famous phrases from Egashira)

Mr.Egashira shouted ‘Shut up, poor fellows!’ to the victims who were  stockholders at a general meeting of shareholders.


A photo-journalist Eugene Smith (photo above) was beaten up by YAKUZA who were employed by EGASHIRA. It caused Eugene’s death.  Later his wife and daughter were raped by them. This is the article from ‘The Telegraph‘ site.

1971 In Japan, W. Eugene Smith is badly beaten by employees of the Chisso Corporation, whose systematic dumping of mercury into Minamata Bay had poisoned the local people who ate its fish. ‘They snatched the cameras, then hit me in the stomach. Then they dragged me out and slammed my head on the concrete.’ He survives, but with limited vision in one eye.  from  ‘The Telegraph – Magnum: snapshots of history’

This is why previous Emperor, Showa Tennou was strongly against the  Crown Prince Naruhito’s marriage with MASAKO OWADA (present Crown Prince Masako). As soon as Showa Tennou passed away, the cult SGI (Soka Gakkai) and Owada family worked hard to send MASAKO to the Imperial House, for example,  by spreading rumors about other Princess candidates (Toyota Company’s daughter etc.).

Her behavior towards to this matter of MINAMATA DISEASE is too careless. It is not a proper action for her position, as Crown Princess at all. She just said ‘people are talking bad about my grandpa‘.  She attended the funeral of EGASHIRA in 2006 (Youtube below) but she did not attend the funeral of Empress Kojun in 2000. This matter caused a great criticism in Japan.

Crown Prince’s brother, Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko visited MINAMATA memorial (水俣メモリアル) long time ago. (TV screens below) They always perform official duties like the Emperor Akihito and the Empress Michiko.

minamata memorial

prince akishino kiko

Related articles in Japanese

Article about Princess Masako and Minamata Chisso, please look photos.


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(1933 – 1997) A Japanese film director. The movies he directed, all of which he wrote himself, are comic satires. https://juzoitami1997.wordpress.com/

One response to “JAPAN Emperor and Empress visited the bereaved families of MINAMATA Disease victims”

  1. flyingcuttlefish says :

    People worldwide know the iconic photograph of the tragedy even if they now don’t recall the name Minamata.

    What these people do for money is worse than anything filmed for theatrical release. Beyond imagination!

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