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Children of Hiroshima A-Bomb Sufferers Sue Govt for Aid

Children of Hiroshima A-Bomb Sufferers Sue Govt for Aid

   Hiroshima, Feb. 17 (Jiji Press)--A group of children of people who were exposed to radiation from the 1945 U.S. atomic bombing of the city of Hiroshima, western Japan, sued the Japanese government on Friday for compensation.
   In the lawsuit filed with Hiroshima District Court, the 22 plaintiffs said it is unfair that they are not covered by the law on assistance for atomic bomb survivors although they face the risks of suffering genetic transmission of the atomic bomb radiation effects from their parents.
   They are seeking 100,000 yen in state compensation per person.
   This is the first collective lawsuit filed by second-generation hibakusha, or atomic bomb survivors, against the government, according to the plaintiffs.
   Another collective lawsuit for state compensation is planned to be filed with Nagasaki District Court on Monday by 25 people whose parents survived the atomic bombing of the city of Nagasaki, southwestern Japan, by the United States also in 1945.

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