The welfare ministry filed an appeal Tuesday against a Nagasaki District Court ruling that ordered the state to compensate a South Korean survivor of the 1945 atomic bombing for health-care benefits he was denied.

The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry asked the Fukuoka High Court to overturn the Dec. 26 ruling that ordered the state to pay 1.03 million yen to Lee Kang Young, 74. Lee claimed the 1994 Atomic Bomb Victims Relief Law fails to stipulate that A-bomb survivors are excluded from receiving benefits while living outside Japan.

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