October 16, 2013

TOKYO : Daigo Fukuryu Maru - Tokyo Metropolitan Gov't


 Daigo Fukuryu Maru Exhibition Hall, Koto-ku, Tokyo

Daigo Fukuryu Maru

Daigo Fukuryū Maru (第五福龍丸, S.S. Lucky Dragon 5) was a Japanese tuna fishing boat, with a crew of 23 men, which was exposed to and contaminated by nuclear fallout from the United States' Castle Bravo thermonuclear device test on Bikini Atoll, on March 1, 1954.

Daigo Fukuryū Maru in early 1950s,
shortly before the incident. Wikipedia
Aikichi Kuboyama, the boat's chief radioman, died less than seven months later of liver cirrhosis on September 23, 1954, having suffered along with the 22 other crew members of acute radiation syndrome (ARS) for a number of weeks after the Bravo test in March. Due to ARS treatment, the crew began to recover, Kuboyama's cause of death in late September is regarded to have been due to underlying liver cirrhosis compounded by an infection.  The majority of medical experts believe that the crew members were infected with hepatitis C through blood transfusions during part of their ARS treatment. Kuboyama is considered the first victim of the hydrogen bomb of test shot Castle Bravo.

第五福竜丸(第五福龍丸、だいごふくりゅうまる)は、1954年3月1日に、アメリカ軍の水素爆弾実験によって発生した多量の放射性降下物 (いわゆる死の灰)を浴びた、遠洋マグロ漁船の船名である。  無線長だった久保山愛吉 (くぼやま あいきち、1914年6月21日生まれ)が, この半年後の9月23日に死亡した。

Tokyo Metropolitan Daigo Fukuryu Maru Exhibition Hall
Yumenoshima Park, 2-1-1 Yumenoshima Koto-ku Tokyo 136-0081

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