Court Rejects Claim against Restaurant Boat near A-Bomb Dome

Society

Hiroshima, Sept. 19 (Jiji Press)--Hiroshima District Court on Tuesday rejected a petition mainly by hibakusha atomic bomb survivors and local residents to stop a floating oyster restaurant from doing business on a river near the Atomic Bomb Dome.

In the lawsuit, 19 plaintiffs said that operating the restaurant on the Motoyasu River in front of the Atomic Bomb Dome in the western Japan city of Hiroshima violates personal rights, as the river is a resting place for the souls of atomic bomb victims.

The plaintiffs requested the central government to cancel its permission to use the river given to the restaurant operator.

The dome survived the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, near the end of World War II. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The plaintiffs said the restaurant boat violates the World Heritage Convention because it is moored within the buffer zone set for the protection of surrounding areas.

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