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Naha District Court dismisses order to stop Takae construction

  • December 7, 2016
  • , Okinawa Times , p. 1
  • JMH Translation

On Dec. 6, the Naha District Court dismissed the petition lodged against the government by a group of 31 members of the Takae community in Higashi Village opposed to the construction of four helipads in the U.S. military’s Northern Training Area. The local residents were seeking a provisional disposition against the construction, but the district court did not recognize the construction ban. The judge ruled that “it is hard to conclude that even after U.S. military aircraft start operating after completion of the construction, illegal levels of aircraft noise or low-frequency noise will pose a risk to residents’ health.” 

 

The lawyers representing the residents criticized the ruling, saying, “The ruling is unjust because it is not based on the reality of the noise damage.” They said they would consider making an immediate appeal to the Naha Branch of the Fukuoka High Court. The Okinawa Defense Bureau commented: “The court has understood our claims. We will steadily move forward with construction with an eye to reducing the burden of the U.S. bases.” (Abridged)

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