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First foreign certified A-bomb survivor living in U.S. via The Japan Times

HIROSHIMA — An 86-year-old woman from Taiwan, believed to be the first certified foreign survivor of the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima, is living in the United States, a group supporting A-bomb survivors in Taiwan said Thursday.

Tomiko Shoji, who obtained Japanese nationality in 1985, was given the survivor’s certificate, which entitles her to medical allowances, in October 1963.

But her whereabouts were unknown last October when the city of Hiroshima revealed it awarded Shoji a certificate.

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