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Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s statement Tuesday that the government will not appeal a July 14 Hiroshima High Court decision ruling involving 84 older victims exposed to radioactive fallout following the 1945 atomic bombing marks the end of the legal battle by radiation victims, and a complete victory for them.

In a landmark decision expected to impact similar lawsuits, the court ruled that the plaintiffs were eligible to receive support as hibakusha atomic bomb survivors even though they had been exposed to the “black rain” fallout in areas that are outside the government’s own designated boundaries for determining who is entitled to central government aid.

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