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A-bomb survivors slam 'unfairness' of gov't medical program.

HIROSHIMA, Aug. 22 Kyodo

Three atomic-bomb survivors in Hiroshima on Tuesday voluntarily abandoned their legal right to coverage under a special medical treatment program to protest what they claim is the program's unfair treatment of foreign A-bomb survivors.

The three returned their medical checkup books issued by the city office, one day before they were to leave for South Korea to interview A-bomb survivors living there.

One of the protesters was Keizaburo Toyonaga, 64, who leads a group to help A-bomb survivors in South Korea.

''We took the action to protest the Japanese government's rehabilitation policy which does not cover foreigners exposed to radiation (from the U.S. A-bomb attacks in 1945),'' Toyonaga said.

The three will meet four South Koreans in Cheju Island on Thursday and Friday after visiting Pusan on Wednesday, he said.

After returning from the trip, they plan to demand the city office to reissue their checkup books.
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Date:Aug 28, 2000
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