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The Day the Sun Rose in the West: Bikini, the Lucky Dragon, and I Paperback – May 31, 2011
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"This is a compelling account of an incident that few of us remember today, but which had an impact far beyond the few fishermen on the Lucky Dragon #5 who were irradiated in the Bravo test sixty-some years ago. It is a glimpse of the world situation at the time through the lens of the unfortunate fate of the ship and its crew. The author captures the tension between Japan and the U.S. over the incident, which occurred soon after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the anti-nuclear testing crusade that was beginning even back then, the self-righteous insistence of a nuclear power on continuing nuclear tests even while asserting limited responsibility for damages, and so much more." --Francis X. Hezel, S.J., director of Micronesian Seminar
About the Author
Oishi Matashichi was born in 1934 and went to sea as a boy of fourteen. On March 1, 1954, the ship on which he was sailing encountered what one crewman called "the day the sun rose in the west." The Bikini test ("Bravo") of the U.S. hydrogen bomb contaminated the ship and its crew with radioactive fallout. Once he had recovered from the dire immediate effects on his health, Oishi left the sea and became the proprietor of a laundry shop. Late in life he became a peace advocate--telling his story to groups of schoolchildren throughout Japan. In 2010 he traveled to New York to appear at the nuclear non-proliferation treaty conference.
Richard H. Minear is professor emeritus of history at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a prominent translator of survivor accounts of Hiroshima.
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