Okinawa residents who had sued over aircraft noise from Marine Corps Air Station Futenma walk toward Fukuoka High Court Naha Branch, Tuesday, April 16, 2019. AYA ICHIHASHI/STARS AND STRIPES
Okinawa residents who had sued over aircraft noise from Marine Corps Air Station Futenma walk toward Fukuoka High Court Naha Branch, Tuesday, April 16, 2019. AYA ICHIHASHI/STARS AND STRIPES

Japanese high court reduces monetary award for Futenma noise lawsuit plaintiffs by $3 million

by Matthew M. Burke and Aya Ichihashi
Stars and Stripes

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — A high court in Japan reduced the monetary award Tuesday for Okinawa residents who had sued over aircraft noise in the area surrounding Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.

Chief Judge Masamichi Ohkubo of the Fukuoka High Court Naha Branch announced the reduction of a previous award of $22.6 million by just over $3 million.

A three-judge panel ruled that the previous amount — granted by Okinawa City Branch of Naha District Court in November 2016 — was too much.

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