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Hibakusha are actually increasing.

The only times that nuclear bombs have been used in war were when the two atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II. However, for fifty years after that war, the number and power of nuclear weapons increased. At this point, we have enough to kill every living creature on Earth many times over. In the process of creating all those weapons, millions of people around the world have been exposed to radiation. Those people are also called hibakusha. Thus, the number of hibakusha in the world is still increasing.
    Semipalatinsk in the Republic of Kazakhstan is near a nuclear test site used by the Soviet Union for about 470 nuclear tests. In that area, more than a million people have been exposed to high levels of radiation. Thousands more have been exposed in the islands of the South Pacific, where other countries tested their nuclear weapons. Today, tests that involve nuclear explosions have been banned, but there is always the possibility that an accident will release radiation and create more hibakusha.
●Nations that have conducted nuclear tests
Nuclear tests have a harmful effect on the environment and on human health. Yet, more than 2000 such tests have been conducted.