The National Institute for Minamata Disease (NIMD) was established in October of 1978 in Minamata City, with the purpose of conducting comprehensive medical research to improve medical treatment for victims of Minamata Disease while giving balanced consideration to its deep historical background and social importance. It was established, and continues to be administered by, what is currently known as the Japanese National Ministry of the Environment.
In July 1996, NIMD was reorganized to strengthen its research function based on the local characteristics as the area of occurrence of Minamata Disease, and a new department, the Department of International Affairs and Environmental Sciences, was established to implement international, social and natural scientific research and to collect, manage and provide international and domestic information with regard to Minamata Disease.
In addition, Minamata Disease Archives was established as the clearinghouse to disseminate information about Minamata Disease in June 2001.
Furthermore, NIMD was consolidated into the National Environmental Research and Training Institute in July 2003, and the institute enhanced its functions and became able to effectively utilize its abilities for international environmental cooperation, training, and so on.
To learn more about the National Institute for Minamata Disease, please visit their English website.