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The Tokyo High Court ruled Thursday that the government should certify 29 of 30 plaintiffs as suffering from illness caused by radiation from the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, scrapping a lower court ruling that recognized just 21.

The decision marks the 18th consecutive defeat for the government in district and high courts concerning suits over certification of atomic bomb victims, placing it under further pressure to review its certification criteria once more.

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