"Have you ever heard the roar of a jet fighter?"

Kiyokatsu Kikuchi has. "No words can describe it. When they're flying directly over my house it feels like my head's being split open."

For 40 years this has been going on. Kikuchi, 67, lives near the U.S. naval base in Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture. He was moved at last to vent his rage in a letter to the Asahi Shimbun.