Average age of A-bomb survivors now exceeds 75

The average age of A-bomb survivors living in Japan, who possess the Atomic Bomb Survivor’s Certificate, exceeded 75 years of age at the end of this past March. This finding was reported on July 23, based on a survey conducted by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.

The survey also revealed that there are 243,692 survivors in Japan, a decrease of 8,142 in comparison to the same time frame last year. The average age is 75.14 years old, 0.55 years older than last year’s finding.

Within the city of Hiroshima, there are 75,642 survivors (down 2,469) and, in Hiroshima Prefecture, there are 110,203 survivors (down 3,895).

(Originally published on July 24, 2008)