Opinion Paper on Overseas Atomic Bomb Survivors
Japan Federation of Bar Associations
July 14, 2005
Many measures have been taken to support atomic bomb survivors in Japan since atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki 60 years ago. However, survivors who live in foreign counties, such as the Republic of Korea, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, and North and South Americas, have been left without sufficient support from the Japanese Government even though they are suffering physically and mentally severer than those in Japan because of the situation in relevant countries. As the survivors are aging, substantially equal support for the overseas survivors should be immediately provided despite their nationalities and their countries of residence.
Therefore, the Japan Federation of Bar Associations (JFBA) requests the Japanese Government:
- to conduct research on overseas survivors broadly,
- to take appropriate measures including revision of the Atomic Bomb Survivors' Support Law in order to allow overseas survivors to apply from abroad for an atomic bomb survivor's certificate and various allowances including a funeral allowance,
- to place the support for medical treatment of overseas survivors under the Atomic Bomb Survivors' Support Law and implement it, and
- to improve the operation of the current financial aid for medical expenses of survivors by removing the existing ceiling of allowances, etc., in order to provide appropriate and sufficient support in accordance with the situation of each county where overseas survivors reside.
In addition, especially for the survivors in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea who have been left without relief, the JFBA also requests to take necessary measures to provide practical relief including dispatch of personnel who assist the survivors with applications for an atomic bomb survivor's certificate and allowances, etc., and support for establishment of a special medical treatment facility. This opinion paper was adopted at the meeting of the Board of Governors on July 14, 2005.
The opinion paper was submitted to authorities concerned including the Prime Minister and the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare on July 25, 2005.