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KOBE — With only a few weeks to go before construction officially begins, the first of what opponents say will be a string of lawsuits has been filed in hopes of halting the Kobe airport project.

The Committee to Protect South Kobe, led by lawyer Kyoko Inoue, filed a claim with the Kobe District Court against the city Wednesday, asking that the 37.8 billion yen allocated in the 1999 municipal budget for airport construction be frozen.

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