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3 ex-wartime Korean workers recognized as hibakusha

Jiji Press NAGASAKI (Jiji Press) — The Nagasaki District Court on Tuesday recognized three South Koreans, who worked at a shipyard in the city of Nagasaki during World War II, as hibakusha atomic bomb survivors.

In a lawsuit filed by the three men in their 90s against the central and Nagasaki city governments, Presiding Judge Mika Takeda concluded that their testimonies are credible.

The three claimed that they were exposed to radiation due to the U.S. atomic bombing of the southwestern Japan city in August 1945 because they had been requisitioned as laborers at the plant of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd.

Their applications for the official designation as hibakusha were rejected because it could not be confirmed whether they were really in the city at that time.

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