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ビキニ水爆実験被爆者 元第五福竜丸乗組員 大石又七/Matashichi Oishi, former crew of the Lucky 5th Dragon, Hibakusya from Bikini nuclear test via Save Kids Japan

福島原発大事故は今から五七年前に起きたビキニ事件の原点にさかのぼって考えなければ正しい答えは出てこないと思っています。誰がなぜ、危険な原発を地震大国である日本に導入したか、そこが一番重要なところだと思います。

I believe we cannot have a correct understanding of Fukushima nuclear accident unless we look back the Bikini Incident 57 years ago. The most important point is, who and why a dangerous nuclear power plant was introduced to Japan, a most earthquake prone country.

1954年、私は元第五福竜丸という漁船の乗組員で、アメリカが広島に投下した原爆の約一〇〇〇倍という巨大な水爆実験に遭遇した被爆者です。その爆発で起きた『死の灰』を日本に持ち帰ったことから太平洋や大気圏が強力な放射能で汚染されていることが分かり大事件に発展していった、これがビキニ事件です。

When I was a crew member of Lucky 5th Dragon fishermen’s boat in 1954, I encountered a US Pacific thermonuclear test, approximately 1000 times as powerful as the Hiroshima A-bomb. I became a Hibakusya. By the fallout brought back to Japan, people came to realize that the Pacific Ocean and the atmosphere was strongly contaminated with radiation, which became a big news, later called as Bikini Incident.

後に残された資料からいろいろなことが分かってきました。一九四六年から一九五八年にかけてアメリカ軍だけでも、このビキニとエニウエトク環礁を使って六七回の大気圏核実験を行ない、合わせて一〇〇メガトンの核爆発を繰り返しました。この一〇〇メガトンの爆発は、なんと広島型原爆を毎日一個ずつ一八年間落とし続けた量というから驚きです。

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Thermonuclear bomb did not only give out enormous explosive power, but also scattered deadly radioactive materials in the environment. The half lives of radioactive materials can range as long as dozens of years to even tens of thousands of years. These materials can be absorbed into various parts of human bodies, harming the chromosomes and body tissues internally-this is called internal exposure. This kind of damage can cause still birth, congenital defects, which could be transferred from generation to generation.

半減期の長い放射能が食物連鎖や風などに乗って地球上を漂い、誰のどこに取り付くかは現在の科学や医学では計り知ることは出来ません。これが見えない放射能の恐ろしいところです。貴方もすでに被爆者になっているかもしれません。

Even the modern science and medicine cannot detect where such long-lived radioactive material can travel in the winds and food chain, or who and which part of the body such materials can finally come down to. This is the horror of radiation. Maybe some of you might have become hibakusya already.

私は言いたいです、当時、核、放射能の恐ろしさをあれほど教え警告したのに日米政府は事件を握りつぶし隠しました。その結果どうなりましたか。核兵器も広島型原爆よりずっと威力を持つようになり、二万三〇〇〇発の核弾頭が実弾となって出来上がり、人類を脅かしています。

I want to say this. In spite of citizens’ voices of concern against nukes and radiation in those days, the governments of the US and Japan smothered the incident and hid the facts. What happened then? Nuclear weapons become much more powerful than Hiroshima A-bomb and more than 20000 nuclear warheads are now threatening the entire humanity.

この重要な意味を持つビキニ事件を賠償もせず、わずかな見舞金、責任も核実験も容認してその見返りに水面下で原発を要求したのです。この人たちにこそ重大な責任があるのではないでしょうか。

The US government did not take any responsibility or compensate for the victims of this very important Bikini incident and instead, paid small amount of consolation money only. Meanwhile, the Japanese government acknowledged the continuation of the nuclear testing and in return, demanded for nuclear power behind the scenes. Don’t you think these people who made efforts to introduce nuclear power to Japan highly responsible? I believe they are the responsible.

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