The Wider Image: Japan's mercury-poison victims fight to be heard
Jitsuko Tanaka, 64, one of the first people to be officially recognised as victims of Minamata disease, is being comforted by her sister and brother-in-law at her home in Minamata, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan, September 12, 2017. Born in a family of shipbuilders whose home overlooks the Minamata bay, Tanaka used to play on the beach with her older sister, picking and eating shellfish, unaware it was contaminated with mercury. She was almost three, and her sister five, when they lost their ability to move their hands freely and walk properly, becoming the first to be identified as sufferers of Minamata disease. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "MINAMATA VICTIMS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.