Okinawa residents win lawsuit over military noise pollution

BY JULIAN RYALL

Japan Correspondent

TOKYO — A total of 3,395 people living near the U.S. Marine Corps’ Futenma Air Base in Okinawa have won a lawsuit against the Japanese government and are to receive millions of dollars in compensation for excessive aircraft noise and stress.

The Naha District Court ruled on Nov. 17 that the plaintiffs should receive ¥2.46 billion ($22.5 million) for noise pollution caused by aircraft at Futenma, although it turned down a demand that flight operations at the controversial base be halted entirely.

The court ruled that local people who lived in areas . . .

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