Court Grants Damages Over Kadena Base Noise

Court grants damages over Kadena base noise

A Japanese high court has ordered the central government to compensate people living around a US airbase in Okinawa for their suffering from aircraft noise.

The Naha branch of the Fukuoka High Court on Wednesday awarded over 26 billion yen, or more than 240 million dollars, to a group of about 22,000 plaintiffs who live near the US Kadena Air Base.

The amount is around 37 million dollars less than what a lower court ordered the central government to pay the plaintiffs.

The latest ruling dismissed residents' demand that flights of military aircraft be suspended from night through early morning, as did the lower court ruling.