Victims of the Battle of Okinawa sue the government

December 8, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

Civilians and bereaved families who were victims in the Battle of Okinawa have sued the government, seeking an apology and damages of 11 million yen per person. This group lawsuit is referred to as the Nuchi-do-Takara court-case, which in the Okinawan dialect means, “life is a treasure.” On December 7, 16 plaintiffs in this second lawsuit lodged an appeal to the Naha District Court. They are seeking to force the government to pay damages of 176 million yen. In conjunction with the first lawsuit, the plaintiffs total 56 people.

The age of the plaintiffs in the second lawsuit ranges from 69 to 85 years old, with the average being 76 years old. They include the victims who were wounded during the war, were involved in incidents of mass suicide or were war orphans from the Battle of Okinawa.

(English translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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