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The Naha District Court on Friday ordered the government to pay 470,000 yen in damages to an Okinawa landowner for forcing him to lease land to the U.S. military even after the land-use contract expired in 1996.

The court ruled in favor of Shoichi Chibana, a 53-year-old antimilitary activist and assembly member in the village of Yomitan, who filed the lawsuit with seven other landowners in connection with the case. Chibana’s dispute with the government is serving as a representative case.

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