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Japan govt ordered to pay damages in air base noise suit

  • June 28, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 9:23 p.m.
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Miyazaki, June 28 (Jiji Press)–A Japanese court ordered the government on Monday to pay some 124 million yen in compensation to residents over health damage from aircraft noise from an Air Self-Defense Force base in the southwestern prefecture of Miyazaki.

 

The lawsuit was filed by 178 plaintiffs who live near the ASDF’s Nyutabaru Air Base in the town of Shintomi, seeking a halt to night flights and the payment of damages for noise pollution.

 

It was the first court ruling on a lawsuit over noise pollution from an SDF base that is not shared with the U.S. military or civilian aircraft.

 

In the ruling at Miyazaki District Court, Presiding Judge Yasuto Odajima said that 172 of the plaintiffs are “suffering from a violation of rights that exceeds the tolerance limit,” making them eligible for 4,000 to 20,000 yen in damages per month.

 

The 172 people live in areas with aircraft noise levels of 75 or over on the weighted equivalent continuous perceived noise level.

 

The judge dismissed a request for an injunction against flights by ASDF aircraft, saying that they play a highly public role. The ruling also did not recognize a need for damages over future noise pollution.

 

Lawyers for the plaintiffs said the ruling held great importance for deciding that damage from SDF aircraft noise to residents was illegal. They said the plaintiffs will appeal for a new decision.

 

The Defense Ministry said that it will respond appropriately to the ruling.

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