Survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki who emigrated to Brazil after the end of the Pacific War are making last-ditch efforts to win the same level of support from the Japanese government as survivors residing in Japan.

"This many people have already died," Takashi Morita, 90, said in late July, pointing to a list of 101 names posted on a wall in his "Sukiyaki" grocery store in Sao Paulo.

Morita's store serves as a rough-and-ready office for the Peace Association of Atomic Bomb Victims in Brazil. As the association's president, over the past 30 years Morita has witnessed membership numbers dwindle to less than half their peak of 270.