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Government wonít challenge Futenma noise suit decision

Date Posted: 2010-08-19

A high court ruling that the Japanese government must pay •369 million in noise damages compensation to residents living near Futenma Marine Corps Air Station will be honored, as Japanís central government opted not to challenge the July 29th ruling.

The Fukuoka High Courtís Naha branch has ordered payment to 390 plaintiffs living near the base. The high court had acknowledged that the residents suffered health hazards caused by low frequency sound waves from helicopters, the first time any court has admitted that sound waves had an effect on people. The high court ruling increased by 250% the amount awarded by a Naha District Court in 2008.

Meanwhile, ten plaintiffs have appealed the order to the Supreme Court themselves, demanding that morning and evening flights at Futenma be stopped. The plaintiffs had sought the action during their noise suit, but the high court upheld the Naha District Court decision not to interfere with Futenmaís flight operations.

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