Okinawans awarded $22.6 million for aircraft noise at Futenma
CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Some Okinawa residents say they will continue to fight to halt U.S. military flights at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, even after being awarded $22.6 million for damages for aircraft noise.
The ruling Thursday by a three-judge panel at the Okinawa City Branch of Naha District Court says the Japanese government must pay 3,417 residents, working out to roughly $6,614 per plaintiff before legal expenses. They had sought $91.7 million.
The judiciary dismissed the plaintiffs’ demand to halt flight operations at Futenma, leaving some upset and vowing to appeal.
“This country puts the Japan-U.S. security treaty above the constitution,” Zenji Shimada, leader of the plaintiffs’ group, said after the ruling. “There is no other way for us but to continue to fight until we win a ban on flight activities.”
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