Japan Govt's Damages Payments Cut to 26 B. Yen in Kadena Noise Suit

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Naha, Okinawa Pref., Sept. 11 (Jiji Press)--A Japanese high court branch ordered the government on Wednesday to pay a total of some 26.1 billion yen in damages to residents near the U.S. Kadena Air Base in Okinawa Prefecture, southernmost Japan, over noise pollution from aircraft using the base.

The amount of damages is lower than the 30.2 billion yen set in a lower court ruling in February 2017.

In the day's ruling, Fukuoka High Court's branch in Naha, Okinawa's capital, rejected the plaintiffs' requests for the suspension of night and early-morning flights at the base and compensation payments for future noise pollution, as a branch of Naha District Court did in the 2017 verdict.

In the lawsuit, the residents, totaling some 22,000, claimed that they suffered health and other damage from noise emitted from planes taking off from and landing at the Kadena base.

The high court branch ordered the Japanese government to pay between 4,500 yen and 22,500 yen per month to each of plaintiffs living in areas where aircraft noise levels register 75 or higher on the weighted equivalent continuous perceived noise level, or WECPNL, a gauge measuring aircraft noise, lower than the range of 7,000-35,000 yen in the lower court ruling.

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