Geography of Infant Mortality and Mining Pollution in Modern Japan: From Town and Village Statistics of 1930s

Keisuke Moriya, Hitotsubashi University
Kenichi Tomobe, Hitotsubashi University
Emiko Higami, Independent Scholar

The purpose of the paper is to explain the relationship between infant mortality rate (IMR) and mining pollution. In Japan, the pollution became a problem in various places in the 1960’s, but it had occurred since then. In our previous analysis, IMR in Japan have declined irreversibly since 1920’s because people got over the beriberi and syphilis, but in the specific area, such as mining area, IMR remained still high rate in 1930’s. So we will consider the relationship between IMR and pollution.

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 Presented in Session 227. Asian Enviromental History