Japanese court says residents near Yokota AB should be compensated for aircraft noise
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — A Japanese court has awarded $842,000 to people living near the home of U.S. Forces Japan as compensation for aircraft noise, according to the leader of a residents group.
Tokyo District Court in Tachikawa ruled Friday that aircraft noise from Yokota is impacting 144 residents living near the western Tokyo base, Michio Fukumoto said Monday.
Residents sued the Japanese government in 2012 seeking compensation for past and future noise complaints and suspension of flights between 7 p.m. and 8 a.m. The residents in their lawsuit complained that aircraft noise interrupted their sleep and, at times, even their conversations.
The court awarded compensation for past noise but rejected other demands, Fukumoto said. The plaintiffs are unlikely to see any payments from the Japanese government anytime soon.
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