The government will not appeal a high court ruling on a damages suit in which residents living in areas surrounding the Atsugi air base in Kanagawa Prefecture sought to halt evening and early morning flights of Self-Defense Forces and U.S. military aircraft, Defense Agency chief Hosei Norota said Thursday.

Because the plaintiffs have already decided not to appeal, the second damages suit over noise pollution stemming from the base will come to an end nearly 15 years after it was filed in 1984.

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