Association of second-generation A-bomb survivors pursues revision of A-bomb Survivors Relief Law

by Yuki Kuwata, Staff Writer

On January 30, the National Association of Second-generation A-bomb Survivors held a general meeting, which is convened every two years, at a hotel in Higashi Ward, Hiroshima. As a two-year action plan starting from 2010, the group decided to strengthen their activities to seek the government's revision of the Atomic Bomb Survivors Relief Law and have the law applied to second- and third-generation A-bomb survivors (hibakusha).

Roughly 35 people attended the meeting. The action plan includes making a request to the Diet and the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare that they revise the Atomic Bomb Survivors Relief Law. In line with this effort, the association will also consider legal options for the first time. In addition, they will call for a cancer screening to be added to the health checkups for second-generation A-bomb survivors.

The association also adopted a declaration at the meeting which includes promoting exchanges between hibakusha overseas and second-generation A-bomb survivors. The National Association of Second-generation A-bomb Survivors is comprised of 19 organizations, including those involving hibakusha, in Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and Yamaguchi Prefectures. Yukiharu Yamasaki, 41, chair of the association and a resident of the city of Otake, Hiroshima Prefecture, said, "We would like to convey the wishes of second- and third- generation A-bomb survivors more strongly than before, taking advantage of the change of administration."

(Originally published on January 31, 2010)