|Please send E-mail and FAX!
Please send e-mail or fax messages to the
Japanese government ministers in support
of the ruling by the Osaka District Court
on the responsibility of the government for
the health-care of Hibakusha living outside
As you may already know, Judge Jun Miura
of the Osaka District Court ruled that the
Osaka prefectural government's failure to
pay medical allowances to atomic bomb victims
currently residing abroad was against the
fundamental goals of the Atomic Victims Relief
Law. We need your support to stop the government
from appealing this case to a higher court.
Please send your oppinions to the following
people before the 15th of June, the deadline
The official Webster of the Kantei (Official
Residence) of the Prime Minister of Japan.
Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi
(the home page have a English site)
(subscribe into the home page)
Fax (International) -81-3-3581-3883
Ministry of Health and Welfare(Chikara SAKAGUCHI)
Ministry of Justice(Moriyama Mayumi)
This message is informing you of the current
court case regarding the Korean survivor.
On the 1st of June, there was a decision
made by the District Court in Osaka with
regard to a Korean survivor.
The survivor was claiming to the Court that
his right to receive the financial support
from the Japanese Government was invalidity
canceled by the Osaka Prefecture when he
left Japan to Korea in July, 1998 (He obtained
a Medicare card when he came to Japan in
The Court ruled that considering the humanitarian
purpose of the Hibakusha Aid Act, it is impossible
to interpret that nuclear survivors living
overseas should be excluded from the health
care plan. Also, the court pointed out that
this exclusion might contradict with the
Article 14 of the Japanese Constitution which
assures the equality principle under law.
Now there has been a social movement among
the supporters for the nuclear survivors
to lobby the Government not to appeal against
this decision made by the District Court.
They are still discriminated by Japanese
Please save them!