To open the Minamata Resilience Exercise today, our group had a courtesy call with the governor of Kumamoto prefecture, Dr. Ikuo Kabashima (Professor Emeritus, The University of Tokyo). In his speech, he welcomed us with equal enthusiasm that we have in knowing more about the controversial Minamata disease and the unfortunate circumstances that led to it. In behalf of his administration, he admitted the government’s responsibility in the disaster and Introduced that the national government is currently working on finalizing the guidelines for certification of the disease victims. This update was an eye-opener that the issue is far from being settled contrary to what many believe with the disaster having occurred almost five decades ago. In addition, he advied us that as future leaders, we should be able to know when and how to respond urgently especially in times of crisis. This they have shown in addressing the Avian Flu outbreak and in mitigating the effects of floods- situations highlighting how much the government has learned from its bitter experience in Minamata. However, many of us think that the agility in responding to these recent disasters was primarily because there was less politics involved with them. With no meddling of a high-earning politically well-placed company, addressing an infectious disease outbreak and a natural disaster would undoubtedly be easier. Still, we see Governor Kabashima’s point of learning from past mistakes in order for us to avoid repeating them hence the essence of this resilience exercise.