Curator Stresses Inhumane Nature of 1954 H-Bomb Fallout


Tokyo, Feb. 27 (Jiji Press)--A Japanese curator has stressed the inhumane nature of fallout from a 1954 U.S. hydrogen bomb test at Bikini Atoll ahead of a U.S.-North Korea summit from Wednesday.

Friday marks the 65th anniversary of the U.S. test of the Bravo bomb at the Pacific atoll that irradiated the crew of the Japanese fishing boat Fukuryu Maru No. 5. Of the 23 crew members, 19 have died.

With worldwide focus now on what progress the closely watched Hanoi summit may achieve on North Korea's denuclearization, the curator of a Tokyo exhibition hall on the fallout wants more people to learn about the tragedy, which had a big impact on antinuclear movements around the world.

The tuna fishing boat returned to its home port in Shizuoka Prefecture two weeks after the test at the Marshall Islands atoll. Six months later, then chief radio operator Aikichi Kuboyama died at age 40.

Many other former crew members later died of cancer and other diseases. Former steersman Susumu Misaki died on Monday.

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