Hiroshima Court Expands Class of Atom Bomb Victims Who Can Claim Free Medical Care


The Hiroshima District Court Wednesday issued a ruling recognizing dozens of additional survivors from the United States’ atomic bombing of Hiroshima at the end of World War II. The decision allows all 84 plaintiffs, who have suffered radiation-related illnesses connected to the bombing, to receive the same benefits as other victims who lived closer to the blast.

Survivors of the bomb, known in Japan as hibakusha, are granted free medical care by the Japanese government to help combat the long-term health consequences of the detonation.  The plaintiffs are 84 people between the ages of 70 and 90 who were outside of the initially recognized area of the bomb’s effects but were adversely affected by the radioactive black rain.

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