More than 800 people, including atomic bomb survivors, launched legal action against the government this week over controversial security laws they believe threaten their right to live in peace.

Following similar lawsuits that have already been filed nationwide in connection with the laws, the action demands compensation in connection with the laws, which took effect in March and enable the Self-Defense Forces to fight overseas.

More than 700 people in their 20s to 90s, who live in Osaka and nearby areas, filed a suit with the Osaka District Court on Wednesday, while 118 people, including atomic bomb survivors and their children in Nagasaki Prefecture filed a separate suit with the Nagasaki District Court the same day.