|Above, the bow of the Lucky Dragon No. 5 Dream Island Park in Tokyo. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
The Lucky Dragon No. 5 incident in March 1954 is a familiar story to many, especially to those who are Godzilla fans. The Mainichi Shimbun has posted a story that "missing" documents (now found) reveal that there were more boats and ships affected by the H-bomb tests.
Recently released government documents reveal that the crews of 556 Japanese ships were tested for radiation exposure in the wake of the United States' 1954 hydrogen bombro tests around the Bikini Atoll -- one of which irradiated the crew of the Daigo Fukuryumaru tuna boat from Shizuoka Prefecture.
The recently released documents included results from tests conducted between March and June that year. The testing, which included Geiger counter measurements of radiation levels among crew members from the 556 ships, revealed that individuals from a total of 12 ships were found to have been exposed to 100 counts of radiation or more per minute.The Lucky Dragon No. 5 was later restored and is now on display at Dream Island Park in Tokyo. Because of its influence on the Godzilla character, the Lucky Dragon No. 5 is spotlighted on page 25 of The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan.
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