Daigo Fukuryu Maru Exhibition Hall:
The voyage for the nuclear free future
The 10th International Conference of Museums for Peace
Title: Daigo Fukuryu Maru Exhibition Hall - The voyage for the nuclear free future
Author: Yusuke Hasunuma, Curator, Daigo Fukuryu Maru Exhibiton Hall
Abstract: The Daigo Fukuryu Maru (Lucky Dragon No.5) was a deep-sea tuna fishing vessel with its home port at Yaizu, Shizuoka Prefecture, on March 1, 1954, in the Pacific Ocean. During operations, 23 crewmembers were exposed to radioactive fallout from a hydrogen bomb test conducted by the United States.
It was nine years after the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, this event sparked an outcry against atomic and hydrogen bombs across Japan and created public opinion in Japan and abroad calling for a ban on nuclear weapons and its testing.
In 1976, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government established the Daigo Fukuryu Maru Exhibition Hall to preserve the Daigo Fukuryu Maru and pass on the memory of nuclear tests to future generations.
Today, the Daigo Fukuryu Maru Exhibition Hall is located in Tokyo and is one of the facilities where visitors can learn about the development of nuclear weapons and the damage they caused. We will report on the efforts of the Daigo Fukuryu Maru Exhibition Hall to convey memories and the challenges it faces in the future.