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Daigo Fukuryū Maru (第五福龍丸, Daigo Fukuryū Maru; loosely translated as Lucky Dragon No. 5 in English) was a Japanese tuna fishing boat, 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. The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Map of hypothetical fallout dispersal after a large-scale nuclear attack against the United States. ... A black and white photograph of the Castle Bravo mushroom cloud. ... At the end of the 20th century, Thermonuclear has came to imply anything which has to do with fusion nuclear reactions which are triggered by particles of thermal energy. ... Bikini Atoll - NASA NLT Landsat 7 (Visible Color) Satellite Image The Flag of Bikini Atoll Bikini Atoll (also known as Pikinni Atoll) is an uninhabited 6. ... March 1 is the 60th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (61st in leap years). ... 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Kuboyama Aikichi, the boat's chief radioman, died a half a year later, on September 23, 1954, suffering from acute radiation sickness. He is considered the first victim of the hydrogen bomb. September 23 is the 266th day of the year (267th in leap years). ... Radiation poisoning, also called radiation sickness, is a form of damage to organic tissue due to excessive exposure to ionizing radiation. ...


Before the incident

In 1947, it launched from Koza, Wakayama as a fishing boat named Dainana Kotoshiro Maru (第七事代丸, Kotoshiro Maru No.7). Later it became a tuna fishing boat in Yaizu, Shizuoka and was renamed the Daigo Fukuryū Maru. 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1947 calendar). ... Koza (古座町; -cho) is a town located in Higashimuro District, Wakayama, Japan. ... Yaizu (焼津市; -shi) is a city located in Shizuoka, Japan. ...


Unexpected radioactive contamination

Daigo Fukuryu Maru encountered the fallout from the U.S. Castle Bravo nuclear test on the Bikini Atoll , near the Marshall Islands, on March 1, 1954. The boat, along with its 23 fishermen aboard, as well as their catch of fish, were contaminated. They returned to Yaizu, Japan on September 14. A black and white photograph of the Castle Bravo mushroom cloud. ... A nuclear test explosion is an experiment involving the detonation of a nuclear weapon. ... Bikini Atoll - NASA NLT Landsat 7 (Visible Color) Satellite Image The Flag of Bikini Atoll Bikini Atoll (also known as Pikinni Atoll) is an uninhabited 6. ... Yaizu (焼津市; -shi) is a city located in Shizuoka, Japan. ...


When the test was held, the Daigo Fukuryu Maru was catching fish outside the danger zone which the U.S. government had declared in advance. However, the test was over twice as powerful as it was predicted to be, and changes in weather patterns blew nuclear fallout, in the form of a fine ash, outside of the danger zone. The fishermen realized the danger, and attempted to escape from the area, but they took time to retrieve ropes from the sea, causing them to be exposed to radioactive fallout for several hours. Map of hypothetical fallout dispersal after a large-scale nuclear attack against the United States. ...


Later, the United States expanded the danger zone, and it was revealed that many fishery boats were fishing in the expanded zone at the time, besides the Daigo Fukuryu Maru. It is estimated that about a hundred fishing boats were contaminated to some degree by fallout from the test. Many hundreds of inhabitants of the Marshall Islands were also exposed, and a number of islands had to be evacuated entirely.


The tragedy of the Daigo Fukuryu Maru gave rise to a fierce anti-nuclear movement in Japan, rising especially from the fear that the contaminated fish had re-entered the market. The U.S. government feared this movement would lead to an anti-American movement, and attempted to quickly negotiate a settlement with the Japanese government (led at the time by the prime minister Yoshida Shigeru, who was considered to be a pro-U.S. politician). The U.S. government paid $200,000 (USD) to the victims. The Japanese government also acknowledged that it would not pursue the further reparations from the U.S. government. CND logo In British politics, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament has been at the forefront of the peace movement in the United Kingdom and claims to be Europes largest single-issue peace campaign. ... Shigeru Yoshida (吉田 茂 Yoshida Shigeru, September 22, 1878–October 20, 1967) was the Prime Minister of Japan from 1946 to 1947 and from 1948 to 1954. ...


The Daigo Fukuryu Maru is now on display in Tokyo. Tokyo ) (help· info), literally eastern capital, is one of the 47 prefectures of Japan and includes the highly urbanized downtown area formerly known as the city of Tokyo which is the heart of the Greater Tokyo Area. ...


Influence on popular culture

Five years after the accident, the Japanese film director Shindo Kaneto made a film titled Daigo Fukuryu Maru. The actor Uno Jukichi played the role of Kuboyama Aikichi.


This incident further inspired other movies such as Godzilla, which told the story of a monster mutated from radiation seeking revenge against civilization. In Western circles, Godzilla fans may be more familiar with this incident than the general population. Godzilla, as portrayed during the late Heisei era (Godzilla vs. ...


  Results from FactBites:
 
CNN Cold War - Spotlight: Lucky Dragon (768 words)
The crew of the Lucky Dragon are believed to be among the first people ever accidentally exposed to fallout from a nuclear weapon.
The survivors of the Lucky Dragon, meanwhile, have become icons of the anti-nuclear movement in their homeland.
The Lucky Dragon itself remains a visible reminder of nuclear dangers.
Japanese Radioactive Injured Fishermen Case (3425 words)
A Japanese tuna fishing boat, the Lucky Dragon, was caught in the path of Bravo's fallout.
On 1 March 1954 a 90.7-ton Japanese fishing boat, the Daigo Fukuryu maru (Lucky Dragon V), while operating in the central Pacific, was sprayed by a cloud of radio active ash.
The Lucky Dragon itself, stripped down and decontaminated, was purchased by the government.
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