High Court Ups Damages against State over Iwakuni Base Noise

Society

Hiroshima, Oct. 25 (Jiji Press)--Hiroshima High Court on Friday increased damages against the state from a lower court ruling in a lawsuit over noise from the Iwakuni base shared by the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force and the U.S. Marine Corps.

The high court ordered the national government to pay a total of 735 million yen in damages to local residents, against the 558 million yen in the 2015 ruling by the Iwakuni branch of Yamaguchi District Court.

Meanwhile, the high court rejected the plaintiffs' claim for damages for the base's noise in the future, as well as their request to stop flights from an aircraft carrier at the base in Yamaguchi Prefecture.

In the high court ruling, Presiding Judge Kazutake Mori said the plaintiffs, who live in areas with aircraft noise levels of 75 or over on the weighted equivalent continuous perceived noise level, or WECPNL, an international gauge measuring aircraft noise, have been suffering "various intolerable effects" since 1974 or earlier, although noise was eased after a runway was moved off the coast in 2010.

The high court ruled that the government should pay compensation to them for the period between 2006 and Jan. 25, 2019, when the final court hearing was held in the lawsuit.

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