Court Cuts Damages to 2.1 B. Yen in Futenma Base Noise Suit

Society

Naha, Okinawa Pref., April 16 (Jiji Press)--A Japanese high court ordered the Japanese government on Tuesday to pay some 2.1 billion yen in compensation to residents living near the U.S. Marine Corps' Futenma air station in Okinawa Prefecture over noise pollution from the base.

At the Naha branch of Fukuoka High Court, Presiding Judge Masamichi Okubo reduced the amount the government must pay to 2,121.6 million yen from some 2.4 billion yen stipulated in a ruling by the Naha District Court's Okinawa branch in 2016.

In the lawsuit, the second of its kind, some 3,400 plaintiffs living near the base in Ginowan claimed that they suffered damages from noise caused by U.S. military aircraft.

The high court branch dismissed the plaintiffs' demands for the suspension of flights and future compensation, as did the previous decision by the district court's Okinawa branch.

The district court had ruled that the noise pollution was increasing the risk of adverse effects on people's health.

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