A Message from Ms. Setsuko Shimomoto Ms. Setsuko Shimomoto is originally from Muroto, a fishing village in Kochi, Japan. In the 1950s, Setsuko’s father was a fisherman who was exposed to the radioactive fallout from the nuclear testing near the Marshall Islands. It is estimated that more than 10,000 Japanese fishermen and 990 fishing boats were affected by the nuclear testing in the Pacific, but their voices and struggles were deliberately suppressed and erased from history. Setsuko is one of the plaintiffs of two court cases seeking recognition and workers’ compensation on behalf of her late father who died from cancer. This video was first shared at “Nuclear Colonialism in the Age of the Ban Treaty: From New Mexico to the Marshall Islands and across the Pacific,” an online event that was held on January 25, 2022. The event was co-organized by the Affected Communities Working Group, Manhattan Project for a Nuclear-Free World, and other peace groups in the United States.
For more Information: 太平洋核被災支援センター Pacific Nuclear Disaster Assistance Center http://bikini-kakuhisai.jet55.com/ (in Japanese) 動画の中で紹介しました紙芝居「ビキニの海のねがい」の絵は、 高知県の画家の森本忠彦氏による作品です。