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3-2-3-3A-bomb Survivor Groups

Inaugural general meeting of the Hiroshima Prefectural Confederation of A-bomb Sufferers Organization identified three goals, starting with national compensation.
May 27, 1956 Courtesy of The Chugoku Shimbun

Around 1952, Hiroshima A-bomb survivors began forming groups to seek medical treatment for A-bomb-related illnesses and other assistance. In May of 1956, several A-bomb survivor groups came together to discuss such topics as national compensation for A-bomb damages. They formed the Hiroshima Prefectural Confederation of A-bomb Sufferers Organization. Then, in August of 1956, the Japan Confederation of A- and H-Bomb Sufferers Organizations (Nihon Hidankyo) was formed to support A-bomb survivors throughout Japan. Although A-bomb survivors were organizing effectively, many A-bomb survivors would not name themselves survivors out of fear of discrimination.