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3 hibakusha recognized as having A-bomb diseases by Osaka High Court

OSAKA -- The Osaka High Court on Jan. 16 recognized three people as having developed atomic bombing-related diseases, upholding a lower court ruling.

Six A-bomb survivors, some represented by their bereaved families, had filed an appeal suit against the state, claiming that the government decision not to recognize them as patients of A-bomb-related diseases was unjust and should be nullified, after the Osaka District Court ruled that just three of the six had developed illnesses due to the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

As the lower court had pointed out, the high court ruling also raised questions about the new standards to diagnose A-bomb-related diseases that came into effect in 2013, saying that the new criteria are suspected of underestimating levels of radiation exposure.

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