ABCC: Suffering Patients, Conflicted Doctors, Secret Treatments (Pt. 1)

Describes the history of the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission (ABCC) that was set up after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which was a medical research project, and not a place to actually treat hibakusha, much to many patients disappointment and confusion.  Article describes the reactions of Dr. James Yamazaki, who was stationed at the Nagasaki ABCC, who administered treatment to patients, despite it not being in the mission of the ABCC.  The ABCC was funded by the U.S. but did not incorporate treatment as a means in which to avoid looking like it had responsibility for the U.S. having dropped the atomic bombs.

July 31, 2015 – The Mainichi

Hibakusha: Despite Health Issues, 90-year-old A-Bomb Survivor Continues to Raise Voice

Article describes the story of Sunao Tsuboi, chairman of the Hiroshima Prefectural Confederation of A-Bomb Sufferers Organizations, and his experiences surviving the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima, his lifetime of endurance in the face of medical problems related to his exposure to nuclear radiation, and his experiences of discrimination due to being a hibakusha.  Though his health precluded his ability to attend the recent NPT conference in New York, he continues to speak out against nuclear weapons.

July 31, 2015 – The Mainichi

Hibakusha Offspring Seek Larger National Study to Address Their Health Concerns

Article describes a report of the Tokyo Federation of A-Bomb Sufferers Organizations describing how 60% of second generation hibakusha have concerns over the impacts of nuclear radiation exposure on their health.  To this date, while there has been a survey on lifestyle-related diseases amongst the second generation of hibakusha descendants, this study did not cover cancer or mental conditions.

July 30, 2015 – The Japan Times

Hibakusha: Nagasaki A-Bomb Survivor Furious at Railroading of Security Bills

Discusses hibakusha Sumiteru Taniguchi, chairman of the Nagasaki Council of A-Bomb Sufferers, his experiences in surviving the bombing of Nagasaki, and his advocacy work, despite ailments of age, at the recent NPT Review Conference in New York.  The article continues by discussing his opposition to the recently proposed security bills in Japan, and his anger that Nagasaki’s Prefectural Assembly had passed a resolution in support of these bills.

July 30, 2015 – The Mainichi

U.S. Commission Director Suggested Treatment for A-Bomb Survivors as Cold War Strategy

Details attempts by Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission (ABCC) Director Robert Holmes to change ABCC policy to allow for the treatment of Hiroshima/Nagasaki hibakusha as a means in which to forestall any possibility of the USSR from using the hibakusha against the U.S.  Despite his protestations, ABCC policy remained unchanged, and studies of the aftereffects of the nuclear bombing on the survivors of Hiroshima/Nagasaki continued to fail to include treatment.

July 30, 2015 – The Mainichi

This Dome in the Pacific Houses Tons of Radioactive Waste – And It’s Leaking

Article describes the Runit Dome on Runit island in the Enewetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands which is a cement dome that covers some 110,000 cubic yards of radioactive waste (mostly plutonium) generated by 12 years of nuclear weapons testing by the U.S.  The article describes how the dome is at sea level, and addresses concerns related to leakage of radioactive contamination, the manner in which the compact of free association between the Marshall Islands and the U.S. seemingly foreclosed claims by the Marshalese to responsibility for cleanup, notes how the Marshall Islands government lacks the fund and resources necessary for comprehensive cleanup, and how the Marshalese are pushing the U.S. government to take responsibility for cleanup procedures.

July 3, 2015 – The Guardian

Hollywood and the Downwinders Still Grapple with Nuclear Fallout

Describes the nuclear bomb tests at the Nevada Test Site which caused nuclear fallout that affected numerous “downwinder” communities in the U.S., including St. George, Utah.  The article describes the high incidence of radiation related effects in the affected areas.  The article also describes the use of the area as a film set for “The Conqueror,”  a movie starring John Wayne, the production of which may have exposed numerous case and crew to radiation poisoning, and which may have contributed to their deaths.

June 6, 2015 – The Guardian