Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has decided to review contentious government criteria to determine if survivors of the 1945 U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are suffering from illnesses caused by radiation from the bombings. As survivors are aged, the government should start the review process as soon as possible.

What prompted the decision was the government’s defeat in six consecutive lawsuits that survivors filed against the government’s decision not to recognize them as sufferers of illnesses caused by radiation from the bombings. A total of 266 survivors have filed these and other lawsuits across the nation.

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