24 July 2017

News Story: 6,000 around Atsugi base to sue gov't for noise pollution next month

US Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet Fighter (File Photo)
YOKOHAMA (Kyodo) -- Around 6,000 people will sue the Japanese government next month to seek a halt to nighttime and early morning flights at the Atsugi air base near Tokyo and compensation for noise pollution, their lawyer said Saturday.

The would-be plaintiffs in the suit to be filed with the Yokohama District Court on Aug. 4 are mostly those who live near the air base, used by the U.S. military and the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force, and may be joined by 2,000 to 3,000 others in the fall or later.

Plaintiffs in the case may total around 10,000, according to the lawyer.

"Our lives are disrupted and are even put at risk whenever we are hit with booming noise (from aircraft flying) overhead. We will never accept the reality of the Atsugi base-related flights," Shuji Onami, head of the would-be plaintiffs' group, said at a meeting in Yamato, Kanagawa Prefecture, on Saturday.

Read the full story at The Mainichi