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Japanese fishermen affected by 1954 Bikini atomic bomb test

Diary of fisherman evidently affected by 1954 H-bomb test found Japan Today:  28th December, JSTKOCHI —A diary of a fisherman from Kochi Prefecture, who operated at Bikini Atoll in the South Pacific following a 1954 U.S. hydrogen bomb test, has been found, indicating he probably suffered acute symptoms caused by the test, which also hit a Japanese tuna fishing boat, the Fukuryu.

Maru No. 5, a local civil group said Monday.The diary was written by Takeshi Yamanaka, 81, in Tosashimizu, Kochi, who noted in it, ‘‘I feel pains in my body and in my head,’’ after the United States conducted the test on March 1, 1954……
Yamanaka was a crew member of the Kaifuku Maru No. 5, which left Japan in late February and navigated close to Bikini Atoll after the Fukuryu Maru from Shizuoka Prefecture, known as Lucky Dragon, was exposed to radiation.

Diary of fisherman evidently affected by 1954 H-bomb test found › Japan Today: Japan News and Discussion

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December 28, 2010 - Posted by | general

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