Students Donate Paintings for Tuna Ship Hit by 1954 H-Bomb Fallout

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Tokyo, March 17 (Jiji Press)--Students at a junior and senior high school in Tokyo contributed on Sunday six oil paintings they created to a museum that preserves and exhibits a tuna fishing vessel exposed to radiation from a U.S. hydrogen bomb test more than 60 years ago.

The students from Den-en Chofu Gakuen Junior & Senior High School in Setagaya Ward in Tokyo visited the Daigo Fukuryu Maru Exhibition Hall in Koto Ward in the Japanese capital to present the paintings. They are members of the school's art club.

The paintings, some 70 centimeters by 90 centimeters, were made to succeed a degraded panel of a picture of a tuna contaminated with radiation from the hydrogen bomb test.

After leaving Yaizu Port in Shizuoka Prefecture, central Japan, on Jan. 22, 1954, the tuna fishing vessel, the Fukuryu Maru No. 5, suffered radioactive fallout from the hydrogen bomb test conducted at the Bikini Atoll at the Marshall Islands in the Pacific on March 1 that year, with all 23 crew members exposed to radiation.

After being asked by the museum to create the paintings, the art club students each made one painting, spending about four months from November last year.

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