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Compensation order over Okinawa base noise upheld, but amount cut

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I hope none of these people moved to their current domicile in the past 70 years. If so, they deserve nothing.l because they made the choice to move near an airbase.

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The government through the defense agency, already is paying municipalities for the noise-pollution caused by the flights coming in and out of Futenma, Kadena, and Naha Airport.

The town of Kadena has benefited greatly from these additional funds that the government has given them and there have been huge improvements in the infrastructure as well.

Now the people SHOULD be taken care of as well! Since the Japanese government has made the decision to keep the security agreement in place, they should compensate the people.

Those who know will understand why I added Naha Airport, as this noise problem is not limited to the US Military facilities alone.

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I hope none of these people moved to their current domicile in the past 70 years. If so, they deserve nothing.l because they made the choice to move near an airbase.

This argument has not been brought up in the courts, nor will it ever be, as one must attempt to understand the culture, and the meaning placed on the land and land ownership here. Land gets passed down through generations, and there is a great importance placed on keeping it in the family.

If they only have land near a base, people are not going to sell it just to stay away from the base, and if they just let it sit, the government pressures them into developing it. (I know it's happened to my wife and I with some of the land we own here that is not developed and is currently registered as 原野(genya) or "wilderness" land, the city office is looking to substantially increase our taxes on it because we havent developed it. If we make it a parking lot, the taxes will drop.

Point is, they have no other viable options, really they dont.

The problem is the people who DO have options, the ones who built public facilities on the land near these installations, like a school at the end of a runway.

However this time it's about Kadena Air Base, and the town, as I noted, has benefited greatly, but the people themselves have not, so give them the compensation since the government wants the base there.

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This argument has not been brought up in the courts, nor will it ever be, as one must attempt to understand the culture, and the meaning placed on the land and land ownership here. Land gets passed down through generations, and there is a great importance placed on keeping it in the family.

The argument is valid and should be brought up. There should be exceptions for inheriting the land.

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I thought the inheritance taxes were the same all over Japan. How can one keep passing down land? Doesn't it usually get split up?

I benefited from the noise of Atsugi base. Got all new double glazed windows, air conditioning units, air exchanges, sound proof front door and a new kitchen silent hood damper.

Too bad we live with the windows open and never use air conditioning.

By the way, the jets have left and are now stationed South.

Thank You very much....and oh yeah, the bill was ¥4,000,000 but my cost was ¥0

They itemized the list for us.

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The argument is valid and should be brought up. There should be exceptions for inheriting the land.

By whom? The government? Consider that, in the cases here it is not a valid argument.

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thought the inheritance taxes were the same all over Japan. How can one keep passing down land? Doesn't it usually get split up?

https://transferwise.com/au/blog/japan-inheritance-tax

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It also backed the lower court's decision to reject the plaintiffs' demand for a ban on nighttime and early morning flights at the U.S. Kadena Air Base.

That's because a local judge can't dictate operational policy to the military. That must be worked out by the governments involved. They want put peoples lives in danger by not giving them the training they need because Joe Schmoe wants some peace and quite. The work these guys do is important but they are taken for granted.

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This is really a strange arrangement. The source of noise pollutions is a U.S. air base, and yet.it is the Japanese government, ultimately the Japanese taxpayers, that must pay the damages.

This state of affairs is only possible when two countries are in a WW II victor-loser relation. Japan was defeated in the war and is a subservient vassal of the victorious U.S.A. today.

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Chop Star,

I hope none of these people moved to their current domicile in the past 70 years. If so, they deserve nothing.l because they made the choice to move near an airbase.

What a distorted, colonial proconsul's view on your part! Shame on you!

Like in the Futenma air station there were several villages in the area where Kadena Air Force Base is situated now. The base dissected old Chatan Village and the villagers living north of Kadena Air Base had to form a seperate municipality of their own now called Kadena Town.

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I remember that one day in the pre-reversion days Kadena Airbase authorities conducted a very philanthropic bus-tour of the base for former villagers that had lived in what is now the base. 

But what they received from the participants was not words of thanks but surprises at the change, even sobbing and fits of crying from women participants.  

I think this philanthropic project of bus-tour for former villagers discontinued once and for all thereafter.

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