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Yoshiro Hoshino Faculty of Economics, Teikyo University, Tokyo
Nobuko Iijima Department of Sociology, Faculty of Literature, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Tokyo
Kichiro Shoji Researcher in History, Pollution
Masuro Sugai Faculty of Economics, Kokugakuin University, Tokyo
Jun Ui Institute of Regional Studies, University of Okinawa, Okinawa

Technology Transfer, Transformation, and Development:
The Japanese Experience
Project Co-ordinating, Takeshi Hayashi

General Trading Companies: A Comparative and Historical Study, ed. Shi'ichi Yonekawa
Industrial Pollution in Japan, ed. Jun Ui
Irrigation in Development: The Social Structure of Water Utilization in Japan, ed. Akira Tamaki, Isao Hatate, and Naraomi Imamura
Technological Innovation and Female Labour in Japan, ed. Masanori Nakamura
The Role of Labour Intensive Sectors in Japanese Industrialization, ed. Johzen Takeuchi
The Japanese Experience in Technology: From Transfer to Self-reliance, ed. Takeshi Hayashi
Vocational Education in the Industrialization of Japan, ed. Toshio Toyoda

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Industrial Pollution in Japan

While Japan's rapid transformation from an agrarian society into the world's leading industrial and economic power has generated keen interest, especially in the industrializing countries, its stunning success in modernizing itself and the eagerness with which scholars and policy makers in the developing world have sought to understand and replicate this feat have obscured the darker side of Japan's technological and industrial achievements - namely, the widespread environmental damage that has occurred in the process of Japan's modernization.

Industrial Pollution in Japan begins with a look at the well-known Ashio Copper Mine pollution case, one of modern Japan's first and most devastating environmental disasters; the country's worst pollution incident in the post-war period, the mercury poisoning in Minamata, whose victims are still on the increase today, is also covered in depth. Two other major incidents of the post-war period are detailed, and in addition to these specific cases, an overall analysis of the social, economic, political, and technological factors relevant to industrial pollution is provided.

Jun Ui is professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Okinawa. He is a graduate of the University of Tokyo and has written extensively on industrial pollution in Japan and elsewhere.

ISBN 92-808-0548-7
United Nations Sales No. E.91.III.A.10
04500 C

United Nations University Press
Tokyo, Japan

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