‘BLACK RAIN’ VICTIMS NOW ATOMIC BOMB SURVIVORS LAYS JAPANESE COURT

On August 6, 1945, it will be 75 years since the dreaded incident of the U.S. bombing of the Japanese city Hiroshima took place. The 84 plaintiffs of the case want to be recognized as the atomic bomb survivors considering they too have witnessed radiation linked illnesses.

In a landmark judgment, just a week prior on 29th July 2020, a Japanese court ruled that victims of ‘black rain’ were to be recognized as atomic bomb survivors or also to be known as hibakusha. The court further said that similar government benefits that survivors receive shall be extended to these which also includes free health care.

ATOMIC BOMB SURVIVORS

In 1976, the Japanese government set up an A-bomb survivors relief measures zone where the radioactive rain fell. The zone helped in certifying the victims of the bombing (or also known as the atomic bomb survivors). These survivors were supposed to get certain benefits with regard to their health care and medical treatment. The ones who weren’t falling in the zone could apply for an A-bomb disease certification only if they met certain requisites. However, according to the Hiroshima Peace Media Centre, the applications were very mostly rejected.

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Since then many attempts have been made to expand the zone including the suit filed in 2015 which was decided on Wednesday (29th July). This suit was filed by 84 plaintiffs all of whom were exposed to black rain as babies or children and lied outside the zone after their request to expand the zone was rejected by Hiroshima city and prefectural authorities.

The court in Wednesday’s ruling stated, the plaintiff’s arguments to be reasonable and their medical records did show radiation linked illnesses.

Now in their 70’s to 90’s the plaintiffs finally made it through to be recognized as atomic bomb survivors.


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