The request came in response to a government directive to extend aid to more people, and as authorities seek a method to assess who is eligible.
These people suffered the impacts of radioactivity outside the area initially considered eligible for assistance measures as survivors of the atomic bomb dropped by the United States, which struck the city on August 6, 1945.
The aim of the group’s request is to make it clear that many victims of the black rain are waiting for the rapid implementation of aid measures.
Katsuji Maeda, 85, from the ancient town of Sunatani in what is now part of Hiroshima’s Saeki district, was exposed to black rain when he was nine.
It is unfortunate that we have been neglected for so long. I hope that as many people as possible can receive a grant certificate, he told the Mainichi newspaper.
Applications were sent from an area which, in three studies conducted in the past, was determined to be “outside the black rain zone”.
Last July, a decision by the Hiroshima High Court ruled to recognize 84 people who were in areas outside the initial assistance designated by the executive.
General secretary of the legal team, Masahiro Takemori, said survivors were getting older and there was not much time left.
The atomic bomb dropped that day was the first used against a population, followed by another on August 9 in the nearby town of Nagasaki.
Both attacks were part of the United States’ strategy to force Japan to surrender during World War II (1939-1945).
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