Japan Govt Not to Appeal Ruling over Hiroshima "Black Rain"

Politics Society

Tokyo, July 26 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Monday that the government will not appeal a high court ruling that recognized as hibakusha survivors more than 80 people exposed to radioactive "black rain" soon after the 1945 U.S. atomic bombing of the western Japan city of Hiroshima.

"We'll issue certificates for hibakusha atomic bomb survivors immediately to all plaintiffs," Suga told reporters at the prime minister's office. "We'll also consider a remedy for other people who are in a similar situation," he said.

The government's decision confirms victory for the 84 plaintiffs in the lawsuit. Suga said that the government will release a statement on its decision, noting that the ruling was partly unacceptable for the government.

Later on Monday, Suga met with Hiroshima Governor Hidehiko Yuzaki and Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui and informed them of his government's decision.

Yuzaki, who had called on the government not to appeal the ruling, welcomed the decision, saying it is "a judgment that showed consideration for hibakusha's yearslong pain, anxiety and suffering."

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