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He has photographed victims of nuclear fallout from a number of test sites, including Nevada and Australia. He has taken photographs of people, landscapes, animals and plants affected by radiation released from uranium mining, nuclear weapons tests, and nuclear power plant accidents.He was the first recipient of the Peace and Cooperation Journalist Fund for his book Atomic Age.
Following the “Bravo” explosion, a high incidence of miscarriages occurred among the inhabitants of Rongelap Atoll. Many of the islanders also developed cancer and others suffered thyroid disorders.
The inhabitants had no choice but to leave their home island for the future of their children.
In May 1985, as they left the island, the residents tried not to look back at their native island from the boat taking them away.
(May 1985, Rongelap Atoll, Marshall Islands )
In 1975 a large high-quality uranium lode was discovered beneath Roxby Downs in mid-South Australia. Roxby Downs is a sacred site for the Australian Kokada Aborigines, who together with environmental protection advocates opposed the start of mining there.
In August 1983, six Kokada representatives staged a sit-in for one month at their sacred site in the midst of a vast desert to express their firm opposition. In 1988, however, the Australian government gave permission for mining to begin. Roxby Downs was then renamed Olympic Dam and the mining and milling of uranium got underway.
(August 1983, Roxby Downs, Australia )
In 1942 uranium mining began at Red Valley on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona. Many native American Navajo residents worked in the mine with no knowledge about the hazard to their health. The uranium mine was suddenly closed in 1969 with a large amount of uranium ore debris left behind. In 1978, almost ten years after the closure, it was revealed that out of some 400 former mine workers, approximately 70 had died of lung cancer. Toxic radon gas had kept leaking from the unsealed mine, affecting the health of the Navajo residents in the region. (June 1980, Red Valley, Arizona, U.S.A TOYOSAKI Hiromitsu)