Atsugi residents want Japan court to limit US military flight times
YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — A group of residents living near Naval Air Facility Atsugi has appealed to the Supreme Court of Japan to end nighttime and early morning U.S. military flights, Japanese media reported Wednesday.
The group representing 7,054 plaintiffs living near the base won a case in May 2014 that awarded it 9.4 billion yen ($75.3 million) for noise created by Japan Self-Defense Forces aircraft. The court also barred those aircraft from operating between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., but ruled that it had no jurisdiction over U.S. flights.
Tokyo High Court judges upheld the ruling on July 30, according to Mainichi Shimbun, a Tokyo-based newspaper. The Japanese government is considering appealing the partial ban on its flights, Mainichi reported.
The Navy’s Carrier Air Wing 5 is based at Atsugi, but is still scheduled to move to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in 2017, Navy officials said Wednesday.