2019: reveal the effects of Bikini H-bomb tests
Quelle: The Asia-Pacific Journal | Japan Focus Volume 17 | Issue 17 | Number 2 | Sep 01, 2019
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How Japanese scientists confronted the U.S. and Japanese governments to reveal the effects of Bikini H-bomb tests
Introduction and translation by Steve Rabson
The March, 1954 “Bravo Shot” H-bomb test in the Pacific dumped radioactive debris on the Marshall Islands, U.S. servicemen, and the crew of a Japanese fishing boat. The multimegaton blast infected Marshall Islanders with radiation sickness and caused cancers in the years that followed. Their contaminated home on Bikini Atoll remains uninhabitable to this day. U.S. servicemen who had been purposely transported by the Navy into the blast zone have suffered from multiple cancers from radiation exposure. For years their claims denied were denied by the Veterans Administration. It took an act of Congress in 1990 to provide compensation for them and their children with birth defects. The crew of the Japanese fishing boat, Lucky Dragon No. 5, suffered from acute radiation poisoning. One crew member, Kuboyama Aikichi (age 40), died while in treatment for exposure.