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Top court rejects demand seeking flight suspensions near U.S. base on Okinawa

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It's right, in my opinion, that the Japanese government pay compensation for the noise pollution, they are the one's who made the treaty, and they should be held accountable for the problems that they incur in cases like these.

The government not only pays these people for the US military noise, they also pay for the noise from the JSDF flying in and out of Naha AP too!

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Do the aircraft really have to roar so loud constantly flying over the base, No why when there are many areas out there to do their training away from the populace. We undertand thrust at take off and landing i.e wing flaps down, but if they came in softly and do those massive hard charging take offs elsewhere for touch and go landings then it would work out. We are not at war in Okinawa. That is one of the biggest problems. Also each command change a commander departing flies over the base, though dazzling is causing and adding to the noise by the constant fly byes. Seriously we don't care just leave or take your noise elsewhere.

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Good. When will they learn that the US and it’s interests are there to stay. Such a fuss over just a little noise

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The PLAAF wouldn't be any quieter and they wouldn't pay the residents compensation for their noise. Anyone who complained about them would disappear into a work camp in Outer Mongolia. Where I live we have high performance jets overhead every day. We call it the sound of freedom. Small price to pay to keep the the CCP from putting a boot to your neck.

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Never gunna’ happen.

Either let everything get moved up to Schwab or you’re stuck with it.

Like asking Naha airport to close.

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 Japan "was not in a position to limit" flights as it had no right to manage the air base under various security agreements.

Then those various security agreements need to be renegotiated as soon as possible.

it’s ridiculous to claim that Japan does not have rights over land (and air space) that is obviously and legally Japanese.

Maybe renegotiate a proper rent on all that prime land occupied by the bases while they’re at it.

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it’s ridiculous to claim that Japan does not have rights over land (and air space) that is obviously and legally Japanese. Maybe renegotiate a proper rent on all that prime land occupied by the bases while they’re at it.

Just goes to show how little Mainland Japan thinks of Okinawa and it's people. I've always said that Okinawa's biggest issue isn't the US forces on the island, it's the political will of its own government.

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Okinawa should either become independent or Tokyo should move the bases elsewhere. Just like the sacrifices Okinawan’s took in the Pacific War, when America attacks China, Okinawa will be the first place bombed of the planet.

these flights make my Okinawa friends more and more angry everyday.

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Henoko US base plan became more unrealistic and impracticable by too soft ground and expanded cost.

besides, concentration of military facilities to Okinawa prefecture only is equal to concentration of attacking targets, that is strategic disadvantageous.

Abe Govt's plans are mere very costly destruction of nature.

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No surprise in that decision.The courts are all beholden to Dear Leader Abe.

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Small price to pay to keep the the CCP from putting a boot to your neck...Was wondering how quickly it'd take for someone to make this stupid comment.

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"Okinawa should either become independent or Tokyo should move the bases elsewhere. Just like the sacrifices Okinawan’s took in the Pacific War, when America attacks China, Okinawa will be the first place bombed of the planet.

these flights make my Okinawa friends more and more angry everyday."

A few years back the People's Daily referred to the Ryukyus as "Japanese occupied China". China would not respect the independence of Okinawa were it to gain independence from Japan. They already claim it as their own. How long do you think Okinawa would last without help from Japanese and US forces? Or would you prefer to be a province of China?

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"Was wondering how quickly it'd take for someone to make this stupid comment."

China calls the Ryukyus "Japanese occupied China". Absent the presence of strong military forces there China would have taken Okinawa long ago, just as they took islands from Vietnam by force in the early 1980s and more recently from the Philippines. China only respects force. Look what they are doing in Hong Kong right now. How long do you think Okinawa would last on its own? Don't be naive. Okinawa has a dangerous neighbor that wants your land, and to kill all of you in retribution for WWII.

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When will the people of Okinawa have freedom? They need to do what the Irish did in 1922.

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They need to do what the Irish did in 1922.

Geez please tell me, just how are you going to differentiate between "Okinawan's" and "Japanese"?

I have asked this any number of times and every just shut's their mouths because they can not answer this question in any intelligent manner.

Which means, people who make comments like this have ZERO idea of what they are talking about and are ignorant of reality here today!

When will the people of Okinawa have freedom? 

The "people" of Okinawa are Japanese! Don't forget that!

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Japan "was not in a position to limit" flights as it had no right to manage the air base under various security agreements.

That's right. A civilian court has no right to dictate military base operations.

The high court had recognized the stressful impacts the aircraft noise caused on the public, disrupting sleep and daily life.

Interesting that they don't make the same claim about Naha Airport or any large civilian airport.

When people knowingly build homes, schools, businesses, etc, around the military base, and knowing there's going to be aircraft noise, what right do they have to complain? They put themselves in that situation in the first place.

Looking at the maps of the proposed Camp Schwab expansion and the addition of two runways, the runways are positioned so that the takeoff flight path would be toward open waters and away from populated areas.

So cut out the anti-base. protesting and frivolous obstructionist legalities, complete Camp Schwab expansion so that Camp Futaenma can be closed down and people there can stop complaining about aircraft noise.

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Interesting that they don't make the same claim about Naha Airport or any large civilian airport.

Why in the world would the court bring Naha AP into the discussion, it's Japanese!!!

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Small price to pay to keep the the CCP from putting a boot to your neck...Was wondering how quickly it'd take for someone to make this stupid comment

Until it happens to you. I am amused at the anti-military people until their safety and freedoms are threatened by a hostile enemy action.  Then they all start screaming for protection. Just like the anti-police people wants to abolish the police. Then their homes and lives are threatened by thugs and they quickly call the police. Only to realize there's no police around.....they've been abolished.

A few years back the People's Daily referred to the Ryukyus as "Japanese occupied China". China would not respect the independence of Okinawa were it to gain independence from Japan. They already claim it as their own. How long do you think Okinawa would last without help from Japanese and US forces? Or would you prefer to be a province of China?

+1 Agree.

There are many people in Okinawa, especially the vocals ones, who do not regard China as an "enemy" and would welcome Chinese occupiers as "guests" and invite them to invest in Okinawa under its Belt & Road Initiative program.

Read a Stars & Stripes article a long time ago in which a retired JSDF general predicts China will control the Scarsborough Shoal in the Philippines, expand its military influence throughout the South China Seas, then will invade and annex Taiwan by 2025. After taking over Taiwan, China will take the Senkaku Islands, encourage Okinawa to oust the U.S. military and declare independence from Japan.

By 2045 China will take the newly independent "Ryukyus".

Better start having your children and grandchildren learn Mandarin language in preparation.

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