Stop calling swimsuits "Bikini"!

Stop calling swimsuits "Bikini"!

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Akemi Koike started this petition to Mass Media and

Stop calling swimsuits “Bikini”

The female two-piece bathing suit “Bikini” was released by the French designer Louis Réard soon after the first US nuclear test at Bikini Atoll in 1946 to “shock” the world.

Bikini Atoll belongs to Marshall Islands which were occupied and exploited by several foreign powers (Spain, Germany and Japan) already before and during WWII. After WWII, they became part of the Trust Territory of the US until 1979, the year in which the Self-Government was established. During this period, from 1946 to 1958, as much as 23 nuclear tests were carried out by the US on and around the Atoll.

The tests caused considerable damages to the local ecosystem and the relocationss of the inhabitants interruption and destruction of the native cultures. The islanders of the area had to face the problem of radioactive contamination of water, foods and environment. The exposure to high level of radiation is considered the cause of their numerous health problems among which several cancers. 

The tests generated some “accidental” victims, too. On March 1, 1954, a Japanese tuna fishing boat which was operating in the area was contaminated by nuclear fallout from a thermonuclear weapon test. The crew of 23 fishermen suffered from acute radiation syndrome and the captain Kuboyama Aikichi died consequently.

Now, we ask mass media and clothing industries to stop using the name “Bikini” for the respect of the victims and of the beautiful and tragic Atoll of Micronesia, whose name in the local language (Pikinni) evokes the memories of what it originally was: "Coconut Place".

 

 

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