The Nagasaki District Court has ordered the municipal government to issue a certificate of hibakusha, or Atomic bombing survivor, to a South Korean resident who claims he was there during the attacks in 1945, and was therefore exposed to radiation. The court revoked the initial decision to not acknowledge the man’s claim.
Presiding Judge Hiroshi Ida said that Kim Sung-nam, 68, and now a resident of South Korea, gave a consistent and rational account of the events during the World War II bombing, which he was able to glean from his now deceased parents. Kim was born in the Hashiguchimachi district of Nagasaki, which was just 700 meters away from ground zero. He was just 8 months old at the time, and was exposed to radiation according to his mother when their home collapsed and they were crushed under it.
The municipal government said that everyone who was around the area of Kim’s home at that time died from either the explosion or the fire, and so it was impossible for a baby to have survived at that time if he was there at the time of the attack. But the judge said that there was proof that several people in the neighborhood who were outdoors at the time survived and were given their certificates of hibakusha. Those who have that certificate can receive special public assistance for their medical bills. Kim is the second person to win a suit like this.
[ via Mainichi ]