Judges uphold ruling to award Okinawans $8.4 million for Futenma noise

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A Marine Corps KC-130J Super Hercules takes off from Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, in 2014. Judges have upheld a lower court's ruling last year to award $8.4 million to a group of Okinawans who suffered over aircraft noise from Futenma. (Courtesy of the U.S. Marine Corp)
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A Marine Corps KC-130J Super Hercules takes off from Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, in 2014. Judges have upheld a lower court's ruling last year to award $8.4 million to a group of Okinawans who suffered over aircraft noise from Futenma. (Courtesy of the U.S. Marine Corp)

Judges uphold ruling to award Okinawans $8.4 million for Futenma noise

by: Matthew M. Burke and Chiyomi Sumida | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: December 03, 2016

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Judges have upheld a lower court’s ruling last year to award $8.4 million to a group of Okinawans who said they suffered from aircraft noise from Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.

Thursday’s decision came just weeks after judges awarded a separate group of plaintiffs $22.6 million for similar complaints.

The suit ruled on Thursday was filed in 2012 by 2,220 Okinawans seeking about $11 million for “intense” noise, sleep deprivation and psychological damage associated with living near Futenma.

In siding with the plaintiffs, a three-judge panel from the Naha Branch of Fukuoka High Court dismissed the Japanese government’s argument that some residents were aware of the noise when they moved to the area.

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