A case I’ve been covering for 16 years

“What are you chasing, Mr. Ito?” I’m sometimes at a loss for a moment.


It’s because it’s not easy to explain the case I’m chasing.


So, I’ll try to summarize the “what?” that I have been chasing.


■Year 1946

In 1946, a nuclear explosion test began at a tuna fishing ground.


The U.S. and the U.K. began bomb tests of atomic and hydrogen bombs in the Pacific Ocean in 1946. The tests were all conducted in tuna fishing grounds. Tuna fishing continued during the bomb tests.


■Year 1954

The Daigo Fukuryu Maru was exposed to radiation in 1954.


■Year 1952

The first hydrogen bomb explosion in human history


In fact, the first hydrogen bomb test in human history took place in 1952. This was two years before the Daigo Fukuryu Maru was exposed to radiation.


It was also in 1952 that Japanese tuna boats began fishing in the hypocenter area (fishing ground).


It is often said that the crew of the Daigo Fukuryu Maru were the first victims of a hydrogen bomb test in human history. But two years earlier, Japanese tuna boats had been operating in the vicinity of the hypocenter, and hydrogen bomb tests had already been conducted there.


In 17 years, more than 100 nuclear weapons have been detonated in tuna fishing grounds.


Japanese tuna boats continued to fish while the explosions were going off.


Of course, the tuna they caught were from the hypocenter area.


This is unthinkable by today’s standards.


Something unimaginable was going on.