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The Earth's environment is interlaced with complex, constructed ecological pathways that link industrial facilities and human consumers. Nowhere is this truer than on the Japanese archipelago. During the nineteenth century, Japan saw the rise of Homo sapiens industrialis, a new breed of human who was transformed by an engineered, industrialized and poisonous environment. Toxins moved freely through mines, factory sites, and rice paddies and more directly into human bodies.
This book explores the relationship between the causes of colossal toxic pollution and the manner in which pain caused by pollution insults porous human bodies. The author examines startling case studies of industrial toxins that know no boundaries: a killer pollution from insecticide saturations; poisonings from copper, zinc and lead mining; congenital deformities from methyl mercury factory effluents; and lung diseases from sulfur dioxide and asbestos.