The Sendai High Court on May 28 recognized two more people as sufferers of radiation illnesses caused by the August 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima. The Osaka High Court followed suit May 30 by recognizing nine others as sufferers of illnesses caused by the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings.

Although both rulings denied state compensation to the plaintiffs, they represent the seventh and eighth straight defeat for the government in court battles over state certification of victims of atomic bomb-related illnesses. The government should respect the rulings and widen the scope for recognizing sufferers.

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