The Negative Effects Of Godzilla

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Godzilla, Gojira in Japanese, is a monster we are all familiar with, but its context in Japan is frequently overlooked. Godzilla is thought of as a cheezy, poorly made dinosaur movie that ripped off King Kong. But in reality, Godzilla is a symbol of how Japan dealt with the aftermath of the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, and the Castle Bravo bomb in 1954. Breathing nuclear radiation instead of fire, created by the radiation of nuclear bombing, Godzilla shows the world how monstrous the American bombs were through a lens that everyone can relate to: film. After the bombings in March of 1945, Japan was dealing with over 200,000 people suffering from nuclear bomb related issues.1 Surprisingly, rather than the nation…show more content…
Due to the placement of the explosion, some of the nuclear fallout settled on a Japanese fishing boat called Daigo Fukuryū Maru translating to “Fifth Lucky Dragon.” The fishermen on the boat said they saw a large flash of light. The entire crew suffered radiation poisoning and barely made it back to shore. The fish on the Fifth Lucky Dragon made it to the fish markets, people became so cautious of eating radiation-affected fish that fishmonger’s business suffered for weeks.4 The explosion subjected the adjacent atolls to the east to radiation contamination. Unsuspecting citizens were unaware it was radioactive fallout. Children even played in the fluffy white ashes like they would play in snow. The destruction cause concern across the world and “generated worldwide backlash against atmospheric nuclear testing.” 4 By 1972, the effects of nuclear radiation on Bikini atoll were declared by the U.S. Atomic Energy Commision to be minimal enough for people to move back. More than 100 people returned to Bikini atoll that year. In 1978 the atoll was evacuated due to “unacceptably high levels of radiation.”5 The United States occupied Japan until 1952 (the year Godzilla was released).

In 1953, an American film called “The Beast of 20,000 Fathoms” was released. Similarly to Gojira, a nuclear explosion wakes up a prehistoric monster called “rhedosaurus” which destroys Manhattan. The test bombs that awaken rhedosaurus are detonated in the Arctic. This small piece of the
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