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The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry is considering earmarking about 500 million yen from the budget to help hibakusha living overseas come to Japan for treatment beginning in fiscal 2002, ministry officials said Tuesday.

In providing the assistance, the ministry has no plans to apply the Atomic Bomb Victims Relief Law, but will instead revise its regulations dealing with hibakusha — survivors of the atomic destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.

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