conclusion
BAD D WATER, W E A A THEORETICAL H R I L CONSIDERATION O I R I
Bad Water Reloaded
It is oft en lamented that much of the misery and suff ering of Ashio was re-
peated with the outbreak of Minamata disease (methylmercury poisoning)
in the postwar period. But given the history recounted here, such repetition
should not be so surprising. Indeed, the explicit purpose of postwar
policy— from the US- led Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers
(scap) to Japa nese liberals such as Maruyama Masao and even the two-
stage revolution policy of the Japa nese Communist Party (jcp)— was to
reconstitute both industrial capitalist production and liberal subjectivity.
We have seen how early scap tolerance of the production control move-
ment allowed Ishikawa’s hopes for a cooperative- based production to
briefl y bloom, only to be quickly crushed in the counterattack of the old
guard and the “reverse course” in Allied policy with the onset of the Cold
War. We saw also how Kurosawa’s essential ecological insight into the
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