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Minamata treaty to take effect in August

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The Mina-mata Convention, an international treaty designed to regulate the use and trading of mercury, will come into force on Aug. 16, according to the U.N. Environment Program.

The treaty has been ratified by 50 signatories, including Japan, the minimum number required for effectuation, the U.N. body said.

U.N. discussions on the convention were led by Japan, which suffered Minamata disease, a neurological disorder caused by wastewater containing methylmercury, dumped into the sea of Minamata Bay in Kumamoto Prefecture, among other locations, mainly in the 1950s and 1960s.

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