Court rules in favor of Okinawa residents regarding military noise pollution

BY JULIAN RYALL

Japan Correspondent

TOKYO — An Okinawa court has awarded the highest ever compensation payment for noise to residents living close to a U.S. air base in a case that has broader implications for U.S. facilities in Japan.

The Naha District Court ruled on Feb. 23 that the Japanese government should pay ¥30.198 billion ($267.53 million) to 22,005 plaintiffs living close to Kadena Air Base for noise pollution caused by aircraft.

The figure announced by the court is the largest ever in a Japanese noise pollution case.

The plaintiffs did not get . . .

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