Japanese court awards residents $5.4 million over Yokota aircraft noise
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — A Japanese court has awarded more than $5.4 million to people living near Yokota in western Tokyo as compensation for aircraft noise.
Tokyo District Court in Tachikawa ruled last week that noise from aircraft operating at the base is above the “tolerable limit,” obliging the Japanese government to pay compensation, the judgment said.
More than 1,000 residents filed a lawsuit in 2013 seeking compensation for past and future noise damage and to stop military planes from operating at Yokota between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m.
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