Japan Govt Ordered to Pay Damages in Yokota Base Noise Suit

Politics Society

Tokyo, Nov. 30 (Jiji Press)--Tokyo District Court's Tachikawa branch on Friday ordered the Japanese government to pay a total of 95.6 million yen in compensation to residents living near the Yokota base in western Tokyo over past noise pollution caused by aircraft of the U.S. military and Japan's Self-Defense Forces using the base.

"The noise damage goes beyond socially tolerable limits," said Presiding Judge Tadashi Mikome.

But the judge rejected the residents' petition to suspend flights.

The plaintiffs were 144 residents of six cities and a town in Tokyo and neighboring Saitama Prefecture. Many of them are living in areas with aircraft noise levels of 75 or higher on the weighted equivalent continuous perceived noise level, or WECPNL, an internationally recognized measurement of aircraft noise.

They demanded that the government pay monthly damages of 20,000 yen per person. Mikome pointed out that the government has repeatedly been sued on this issue since 1976.

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