Instead of quieting souls, wake souls.

Akira Kurihara


The political sociologist wrote on the occasion of the Tokyo exhibition  (1996) of Minamata disease, which should be called "genocide from the sea" as follows. Questions that Minamata disease has confronted the government, companies and contemporaries with are not something that can be done with "compensation" or "settlement." Not "patients" in general but government officials and corporate people also go back to those who have individual names in front of each deceased person's photograph, only when we can arrive at the salvation of souls. From "Politics of 'Appearance Of Existence'."


September 1,  2017

from “Oriori no Kotoba” by Kiyokazu Washida, The Asahi Shimbun