Budget for A-bomb survivors relief measures reduced by 3.4 billion yen due to aging of that population

In the proposed fiscal 2020 budget, funding for A-bomb survivors relief measures has been set at 121.9 billion yen, a 3.4 billion yen decrease from fiscal 2019. According to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, the main reason for the decrease is the decline in A-bomb survivor numbers due to aging. The budget includes a subsidy of 50 million yen to support a local government project to communicate the horror of the atomic bombing in 2020, which marks the 75th anniversary of the bombings.

The proposed budget earmarks 79.9 billion yen in allowances paid to the A-bomb survivors, a reduction of 3.3 billion yen. This amount includes Health Care Allowances of 47.7 billion yen, provided to survivors suffering from certain diseases. Medical expenses borne by the government for the treatment of diseases and injuries of A-bomb survivors will decrease by 200 million yen, to 30.5 billion yen.

Using the subsidy that covers the costs of the projects marking the 75th year since the atomic bombings, Hiroshima City is scheduled to hold an atomic bomb and peace exhibit in Tokyo. The Hiroshima Prefecture government is planning to invite high school students to Hiroshima from all over the world.

The national government included 50 million yen for a project to dispatch speakers trained by both Hiroshima and Nagasaki city governments to communicate A-bomb accounts on behalf of survivors. Starting in fiscal 2020, the project will also dispatch A-bomb survivors to speak about their A-bomb experiences.

(Originally published on December 21, 2019)