Radiation from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant found in US tuna
AP: New research has found increased levels of radiation in Pacific bluefin tuna caught off the coast of Southern California. Scientists say the radiation in the fish came from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant that was heavily damaged by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
Photo:Workers are seen harvesting bluefin tuna near Ensenada, Mexico, on March 5, 2007. (AP Photo/Chris Park, File)
This news is so ironic when considering what happened in the 50s. In 1954, the US Bravo test of a hydrogen bomb irradiated a Japanese tuna fishing boat near Bikini Atoll. The incident gained attention in Japan when it was found that some contaminated tuna brought back by other boats had been sold in the marketplace. This pissed off Japanese housewives, whose anger eventually escalated into a worldwide anti-nuclear movement. It was following this incident that the US - wanting to placate Japanese anti-nuclear sentiment and disguise its own Cold War nuclear testing under the guise of harmless, beneficial ”Atoms for Peace” - provided Japan with the enriched uranium and nuclear technology to develop its own nuclear power industry.
Sixty years later and we are still dealing with irradiated tuna? Something isn’t right here.
Further reading: The Day the Sun Rose in the West: Bikini, The Lucky Dragon, and I by Ōishi Matashichi.