Damages Claims Nixed for Ex-Fishermen over Bikini Radiation

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Kochi, July 20 (Jiji Press)--Kochi District Court on Friday rejected a claim filed by former Japanese fishermen and bereaved family members for state compensation over records of radiation exposure from 1954 U.S. hydrogen bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in the Pacific.

In the lawsuit, 45 plaintiffs in Kochi Prefecture, western Japan, mostly crew members of a tuna fishing boat, sought a total of some 65 million yen in state compensation, claiming that they lost an opportunity to recover their health after the Japanese government hid the records in question.

It was the first ruling issued over lawsuits filed in Japan to seek state compensation over the Bikini Atoll radiation, according to the plaintiffs.

They claimed that the Japanese government hid the records intentionally for some 60 years until it released them in 2014.

But Presiding Judge Osamu Nishimura said it cannot be concluded that the government concealed the records on purpose.

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