SHIZUOKA (Kyodo) The government has paid survivor benefits under the national insurance program for seamen to relatives of four fishermen who died in the decades after being irradiated in a 1954 U.S. hydrogen bomb test at Bikini Atoll, a local insurance office said.

All four died of liver diseases, including cancer, during their 50s to 70s, after they were infected with hepatitis C from blood transfusions to treat their radiation-linked diseases, the Social Insurance Agency’s Shizuoka branch said.

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