The Tokyo High Court has upheld a lower court ruling ordering the Japanese government to implement a curfew for night and early morning flights from the Atsugi air base by the Self-Defense Forces.
The court, in its ruling on Thursday, also awarded the SDF to pay ¥9.4 billion in damages for noise to about 6,900 affected residents who had filed a lawsuit against the Japanese government in 2012, Fuji TV reported.
The U.S. Navy and the SDF share the Atsugi base in Kanagawa Prefecture, but the court's ruling does not apply to the U.S. military.
The presiding judge said that the noise damage will continue until the U.S. military is relocated to Iwakuni in Yamaguchi Prefecture and ordered the Japanese government to pay damages to local residents that will be caused by future night flights.
The court ordered the base to implement a curfew on flights from 8 p.m. until 8 a.m.
This was the first case among all of the base noise lawsuits nationwide in which a court awarded compensation for future damages.
Defense Minister Gen Nakatani said the verdict is hard to accept and that the ministry will consider filing an appeal.© Japan Today