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On this day in 1948… (May 26)

This post is a part of continuing series on the Censored Newspaper Articles (CNAs).

Control no.:48-loc-1770|Newspaper:Kyodo Tsushin (118, Shimane)|Date:5/26/1948

On May 26, 1948, Kyodo Tsushin submitted an article to the Civil Censorship Detachment (CCD) about the discovery of one of the largest radium springs in Japan situated at the base of Mt. Sanbe in Shimane Prefecture. The article was “suppressed,” meaning that it was not published at that time. (Prange Call No. 48-loc-1770)

The article reports that several atomic bomb survivors from Hiroshima visited the springs for their healing qualities.  After bathing there for more than ten days, the injuries that they had sustained from the blast were healed and their hair began to grow back. Hearing about this, a professor from Okayama University conducted research on the site and concluded that there was a very high level of radium in the area.  Later, professors from Kyushu University, Kyoto University, and Tokyo University also conducted research on the radium in the springs.   Further animal testing confirmed the healing effects of high levels of radium.

The Japanese handwritten version of this article is available onsite in the Prange Collection and onsite at the National Diet Library of Japan (NDL) through NDL’s Digital Collection.

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