A Japanese court recognized dozens of victims of radioactive “black rain” as survivors of the Hiroshima atomic bombing on July 29, clearing the way for them to receive medical benefits just days before the 75th anniversary of the attack.
In its verdict, the Hiroshima district court said the 84 plaintiffs, who suffered radiation-related illnesses after the World War II bombing, should receive the same benefits as other victims who lived closer to the blast range.
The U.S. dropped the bomb on Hiroshima in southwest Japan on August 6, 1945, killing over 70,000 instantly.
Seiji Takato, 79, one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, was 4 years old when the bombing happened. He developed arm lymph inflammation when he was 8, and has since suffered from stroke and heart problems. But until now, he and others living in the “light rain” exposure zones were unable to access the free medical care offered to victims in the “heavy rain” zones.