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Jacksonville; Florida, "Craig Airport in Arlington, Florida Performing Noise Abatement and Cost/Benefit Studies to Evaluate Proposed New Runway Extension; Residents Wary of Possible Increase in Noise and Safety Issues" (Aug. 27, 1999). The Business Journal-Jacksonville reports that Craig Airport in Arlington, Florida is performing a $50,000, three-month noise abatement study, along with a cost/benefit analysis, to determine if a runway extension would be possible. Airport officials say they want to allow the airport to relieve nearby Jacksonville International Airport of more non-commercial air traffic. Residents fear that larger, commercial aircraft would use the airport, but airport officials say that they would seek an airport ban on commercial passenger aircraft at the airport.

Jan. 16, Washington, "National Park Service Prepares To Develop Winter Use Plan At Yellowstone Park" (Jan. 16, 1998). The National Parks and Conservation Association issued the following press release concerning the study of winter uses by the public at Yellowstone Park and their effects on wildlife, air and water quality, and overall park tranquility:

Japan, "Government Panel in Japan Will Propose Raising the Noise Level Allowed Along Major Roads" (Apr. 17, 1998). The Mainichi Daily News reports that a subcommittee of the Central Environment Council in Japan will propose raising the level of noise allowed along major roads at an April 21 meeting of the Council. The subcommittee will recommend that the maximum acceptable noise level near arterial roads should be 70 decibels during the day. The new proposal exceeds the current noise limit of 65 decibels recognized by the Supreme Court in 1995 in connection with a noise pollution lawsuit brought by residents in Kobe.

Japan, "Japanese Court Upholds Decision to Compensate Residents for Noise from Air Force Base" (May 27, 1998). Jane's Defence Weekly reports that the Naha branch of the Fukuoka High Court in Japan has upheld a 1994 court decision to compensate 867 residents who filed a lawsuit over noise pollution from Okinawa's Kadena Air Force Base. The article says that the court ordered the government to increase the amount of compensation to 1.37 billion [yen?] ($10.2 million), but rejected a request to ban flight operations between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m.

Japan, Atsugi, Kanagawa, "Tokyo High Court Grant Residents Living Near U.S. Air Base Monetary Compensation, But Won't Ban Night Flights; Residents Won't Appeal" (Aug. 2, 1999). The Mainichi Daily News reports that the Tokyo High Court ruled that the government must pay 170 million yen to residents living near the U.S. Asugi Naval Air Facility who have been disturbed by aircraft noise. All night-flights will be allowed to continue, although even the lower courts were considering a ban on some flights. The residents will not appeal the ruling.

Japan, Naha, "Japanese Court Orders Noise Pollution Compensation for Residents Living Near U.S. Air Base" (May 23, 1998). The Mainichi Daily News reports that the Fukuoka High Court in Naha, Japan ordered the government Friday to compensate residents living near the U.S. Kadena Air Base for noise pollution caused by late-night flights. The court agreed with residents that the jet noise has inflicted psychological damage, but rejected a demand to have the flights banned.

Japan, Naha, "Japanese Residents Won't Appeal Jet Noise Compensation Ruling" (Jun. 5, 1998). The Japan Economic Newswire reports that residents who filed suit against the Japanese government for noise from the U.S. Kadena air base in Japan will not appeal a high court ruling that ordered the government to compensate the residents for noise pollution from military aircraft. The ruling was issued by the Naha branch of the Fukuoka High Court on May 22, and it ordered the government to compensate 867 people of the 906 who requested compensation, but rejected arguments to halt night flights at the base.

Japan, Naha, "Neighbors of US Air Base in Okinawa File Lawsuit Against Japanese Government Over Noise" (Mar. 28, 2000). The Daily Yomiuri reported that almost 6,000 neighbors of the U.S. Kadena Air Base in Okinawa filed a lawsuit against the government because of jet noise from night and early morning flights, twenty-one of whom are demanding that the Japanese government order the U.S. to stop the flights. According to the article, the residents seek 6.2 million zen.

Japan, Okinawa, "Okinawa Governor -- Wary of Residents' Noise Complaints and Upcoming Summit -- Proposes Less-Populated Site for U.S. Military Heliport" (Nov. 22, 1999). The AP Worldstream reports that the governor of Okinawa, Japan has proposed a new site for the heliport currently located on a local U.S. Marines Base. Residents around the base complain currently, but some officials in Naga, the new location for the heliport, are upset that the public there wasn't consulted.

Japan, Okinawa, "US Base Too Noisy for Okinawans: Court Action Taken" (Mar. 28, 2000). The Mainichi News reported a story about jet noise from the US Kadena Air that has prompted over 5,500 residents near the base to sue the Japanese government and are asking for 6.2 billion zen in damages and calling for a ban on night flights after 7pm.

Japan, Okinawa Prefecture, "Noise Wall Will be Built in Japan to Mitigate Noise Near U.S. Air Base" (Feb. 26, 1998). The Japan Economic Newswire reports that Japan and the U.S. agreed Thursday to build a concrete noise wall north of the U.S. Kadena Air Station in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, in order to ease noise pollution near the base. The noise wall will be paid for by Japan, the article notes.

Japan, Osaka, "Japanese Rail Firms Agree to Take Steps to Cut Noise" (May 1, 1997). The Daily Yomiuri reports that the operators of two railway lines connecting downtown Osaka, Japan and the Kansai International Airport have agreed to introduce noise-reduction measures this year, in response to complaints about increased noise.

Japan, Tokyo, "Japanese Residents Sue Government For Noise Pollution At U.S. Air Base" (Dec. 8, 1997). The AP Worldstream reports that nearly 3,000 Japanese living near a U.S. Navy air base filed suit Monday, demanding that the government pay for allowing the noise of the base to disrupt their lives.

Japan, Tokyo, "Japan Begins to Build Off-Shore Runway for U.S. Forces to Lessen Noise in Residential Areas" (Jun. 2, 1997). AP Worldstream reports that workers began building an off-shore runway in southwestern Japan on Monday for U.S. military planes whose landings and takeoffs create too much noise in residential areas.

Japan, Tokyo, "Japanese Lawyers to Lobby U.S. Over Noise from Yokota Air Base" (Jun. 17, 1997). The Japan Economic Newswire reports that a group of Japanese lawyers representing residents near the U.S. Yokota Air Base in Tokyo's western suburbs will visit the United States on Saturday for a nine-day tour to ask U.S. officials to respond to their lawsuit against noise from the air base. A group of Japanese residents named the U.S. government in a lawsuit last year, but Japan's court dismissed the suit in March of this year, saying Japanese jurisdiction doesn't cover the U.S. The plaintiffs have appealed the ruling to the Tokyo High Court, which has continued with the case. U.S. officials told the court last fall that the government would not respond to a lawsuit, because it is not subject to Japanese law.

Japan, Tokyo, "More Japanese Residents Join In Lawsuit Over US Aircraft Noise" (Feb. 24, 1998). Kyodo News Service reports that a group of 648 residents in Kanagawa Prefecture joined another group in a lawsuit over aircraft noise at the US Atsugi Naval Air Station, appealing to the Yokohama District Court for 510m yen in damages from the Japanese government.

Japan, Tokyo, "Japanese Commission Says Railway Company Should Compensate Some Residents Near Track, But Residents Vow to Take Matter to Court" (Jul. 24, 1998). The Asahi News Service reports that Japan's Environmental Disputes Coordination Commission has said the Odakyu Electric Railway Company should compensate 34 Tokyo residents who experience noise levels of 70 decibels or more from nearby rail tracks. But the Commission said the rail company doesn't have to compensate many more residents who have complained about the noise and asked for a ruling from the Commission. According to Yasuyuki Kinoshita, a spokesperson for the residents, the residents will take the case to court to stop the company's plan to elevate the rail line.

Japan, Tokyo, "Japanese Government Commission Recommends Rail Company Compensate Residents, But at Lower Level Than Previously Proposed" (Jul. 25, 1998). The Daily Yomiuri reports that Japan's Environmental Disputes Coordination Commission announced Friday that it would urge Odakyu Railway Company to pay 9.56 million yen in noise pollution damages to 34 people living near the company's tracks in Tokyo. But, the article says, the Commission rejected claims by 266 other people. The decision is seen as a victory for the rail company, the article notes. Some of the plaintiffs said they would appeal the decision to the Tokyo District Court.

Japan, Tokyo, "Tokyo Airport Monitors Airplanes to Mitigate Noise" (Mar. 30, 1998). Airline Industry Information reports that officials at the Tokyo Airport have started to display the flight path of every aircraft taking off or landing at the airport at an information center. Aircraft that don't follow their designated flight path will be controlled in order to mitigate noise to local residents, the article says.

Japan, Tokyo, "Japan Awards Residents Damages for Airbase Noise; Turns Down Request for Night Time Ban" (May 22, 1998). Agence France Presse reports an Okinawa, Japan, court ordered the Japanese government to award monetary compensation to citizens who suffer from aircraft noise.

Japan, Tokyo, "Japan Environmental Agency Will Put the Pressure on the Auto Industry to Produce Low-noise Trucks and Motorcycles" (Apr. 23, 1999). The Jiji Press Ticker Service reports that the final phase of a noise reduction plan in Japan will begin in 2001 with the tightening of regulations for truck and motor cycle noise.

Japan, Tokyo, "Japanese Government Foregoes Appeal and Agrees to Pay 170 Million Yen For Noise Caused By Military Airfield" (Aug. 5, 1999). The Japan Economic Newswire reports that the Japanese government has decided not to appeal a High Court decision that required a payment of 170 million yen to 134 residents who live near a noisy military base. Residents filed a suit in 1984 that the noise caused by aircraft activity at the base caused substantial mental anguish.

Japan, Tokyo, "Active Noise Control Technologies that Could Reduce Traffic Noise Under Development at Japanese Universities" (Aug. 20, 1999). The Daily Yomiuri reports that Japanese universities are developing active noise control (ANC) technologies that could reduce traffic noise not blocked by traditional highway walls. ANC -- which "instantly measures traffic sounds and blares out soundwaves whose peaks and troughs cancel out the peaks and troughs of traffic" -- could be more effective than the traditional solution: adding height to the walls. A second technology consists of ducts that produce waves that counteract common traffic wavelengths without the use of electricity.

Japan, Tokyo, "Editiorial: Japan Government Should Adhere to Current Noise Standards" (Feb. 8, 1999). Asahi News Service published an editorial by Asahi Shimbun that says with traffic noise pollution in Japan shows no signs of abating, the government should not ease noise standards.

Japan, Tokyo, "Court Orders Government to Pay 170 Million Yen to Residents Suffering Anguish from Constant Noise at Atsugi Air Base near Tokyo" (Jul. 22, 1999). The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Tokyo High Court ordered the government to pay 170 million yen to 134 residents who sued over constant noise from Atsugi air base. The court dismissed the residents' demand that night flights from the base be halted, and their request to be compensated for future noise. Only those plaintiffs who experience an average perceived daily exposure of 70 decibels are being compensated, leave twenty or so uncompensated. The residents and the government both appealed the decision.

Japan, Tokyo, "Residents Near U.S. Naval Air Facility in Atsugi, Japan Complain About Military Jet Noise" (Apr. 13, 2000). The Asahi News Service in Japan reports that residents near the U.S. Naval Air Facility in Atsugi are asking the U.S. government to address the noise pollution problems at the base. The residents believe that Japan should not listen to the American government's demand that Japan deal with the dioxin problem in the area until the noise problems at the base are solved.

Japan, Tokyo, "World's First Noise-Reducing Automobile Wheels Developed" (Apr. 12, 2000). The Jiji Press Ticker Service out of Tokyo reports that Bridgestone Corporation and Topy Industries, Ltd. have come together to create the first automobile wheels that substantially reduce noise. The wheels accomplish this because of shock-absorbing rubber installed between the rim and the disc.

Japan, Yokohama, "Japanese Residents File Lawsuit Against Japanese Government for Noisy U.S. Navy Air Base" (Apr. 28, 1998). The Mainichi Daily News reports that a group of 1,607 people living near U.S. Navy Atsugi air base in Yokohama, Japan filed a class-action lawsuit Monday in Yokohama District Court seeking 1.27 billion yen as compensation from the Japanese government for noise from U.S. and Self-Defense Forces (SDF) planes. The Japanese government is in charge of the base, which stretches over seven municipalities. The article notes that the lawsuit is the third of its kind regarding noise from the Atsugi base.

Japan, Yokohama, "Yomiuri, Japan Residents Disappointed in Court's Rejection of Night-Flight Ban; One Resident Particularly Angry Since Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Forced Her Son to Give Up His Dream" (Jul. 24, 1999). The Daily Yomiuri reports that the Tokyo High Court rejected a bid by residents of Yomiuri, Japan to ban noisy night-flights at Atsugi Air Base. The court required the government to pay 170 million yen in damages for pain and suffering to residents and to continue soundproofing homes in the residential area, but set no date to move night operations to another location. The article goes on to tell the sad story of a particular resident's son, which included his being forced to give up his dream of musical arrangement because of noise-induced hearing loss caused by lifetime exposure to the airport noise.

Jerusalem, "Silence Is golden" (Jul. 2, 1999). The following Op Ed article appeared in the Jerusalem Post.

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