Claim against Restaurant Boat near A-Bomb Dome Rejected Again


Hiroshima, July 26 (Jiji Press)--Hiroshima High Court upheld on Friday a lower court's ruling that 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 it is not appropriate for the restaurant to be on the Motoyasu River in front of the Atomic Bomb Dome, in the western Japan city of Hiroshima, where people pray for peace and the souls of the war dead.

But the high court dismissed the appeal of the plaintiffs, who urged the central government to cancel its permission to the restaurant operators to use the river.

The dome survived the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, in the closing days of World War II. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The high court recognized the legal standing of six local residents among the plaintiffs, but concluded that "there is no serious flaw or error seen" in the judgment of the land ministry's Chugoku Regional Development Bureau in granting the permission.

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