Courts find black rain from A-bomb was more far-reaching than gov’t acknowledged

http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20120113p2a00m0na007000c.html

Eight lawsuits brought against the government by plaintiffs seeking certification of radiation sickness from the “black rain” that fell on Hiroshima after the city’s atomic bombing in 1945, have seen rulings that rain fell in a broader area than was indicated by a study on which national assistance eligibility was based, and that far more people may have been exposed to radiation, it has been learned.

In response to requests from the Hiroshima Municipal Government and the Hiroshima Prefectural Government to expand the eligible area, the national government established an experts’ commission in December 2010, which, over a year later, has reached no conclusions. The gap between the national government’s rationale for radiation-illness certification and the judiciary’s rulings are expected to influence debate on what constitutes eligibility. When the commission meets Jan. 20, it will have been five months since its last meeting.

The class-action suits had been filed at 17 district courts by 306 plaintiffs since 2003. The last of those to end was the one at the Osaka District Court, on Dec. 21, 2011. Upon looking into all 30 rulings, the Mainichi found that one high court ruling and seven district court rulings commented on the possibility that people may have been exposed to radiation outside the already acknowledged areas.

In 1976, the national government decided that people in an area 11 kilometers wide within 19 kilometers northwest of the bomb’s hypocenter — where observatory technicians had reported immediately after the war that there had been heavy rainfall after the bombing — would be eligible to receive health examinations and other assistance. According to the survey used to establish this guideline, rain had fallen in an area approximately 29 kilometers northwest of the hypocenter, 15 kilometers wide. However, former director-general of the Meteorological Research Institute Yoshinobu Masuda announced in 1989 that based on interviews with local residents, rain had fallen on a part four times that area.

The biggest of the class-action suits was brought by 41 plaintiffs to the Hiroshima District Court, which ruled in August 2006 that “at the very least, there is a great possibility that people who were rained on in Masuda’s ‘rain range’ were exposed to radiation.” Subsequently in July 2007, the Kumamoto District Court said: “at the very least, a significant amount of radioactive materials fell onto an area stretching from the hypocenter to the Masuda ‘rain range.’” The March 2010 Nagoya High Court ruling was similar, saying: “There is a strong possibility that rain fell across an area that was far broader than the area indicated by the earlier survey.”

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(Mainichi Japan) January 13, 2012

See also

http://www.orau.org/ptp/collection/hiroshimatrinity/blackrain.htm

http://www.journalarchive.jst.go.jp/english//jnlabstract_en.php?cdjournal=jrr1960&cdvol=24&noissue=3&startpage=229 Uranium Isotopes in Hiroshima “Black Rain” Soil
JUN TAKADA1), MASAHARU HOSHI1), SHOZOH SAWADA1) and MASANOBU SAKANOUE2)

1) Research Institute for Nuclear Medicine and Biology, Hiroshima University
2) Low Level Radioactivity Laboratory [Received: 1983/04/19]
[Published: 1983/09/15]
[Released: 2006/06/16]

Which contains the map:
black rain

Many people were thirsty and they drank the black rain when it fell.

One Response to “Courts find black rain from A-bomb was more far-reaching than gov’t acknowledged”

  1. CaptD Says:

    RE: The March 2010 Nagoya High Court ruling was similar, saying: “There is a strong possibility that rain fell across an area that was far broader than the area indicated by the earlier survey.”

    Note it took OVER 60 YEARS to get the Courts to reach this BLAND verdict, this tells me that the Japanese Government still keeping a very tight “lid” on all nuclear information about the spread of radiation and it’s health effects…

    Shame on ALL Leaders that continue to cover up the truth!

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