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TOKYO — Information about jet noise level and the frequency of the noise measured near Atsugi Naval Air Facility has become easily accessible for the general public.

The Yokohama Defense Facilities Administration Bureau installed devices at Yamato and Ayase city halls last week, which can show jet noise levels and the frequency of that noise in the area as well as data since 2000. Atsugi base encompasses land in both Yamato and Ayase cities.

The bureau spent approximately 90 million yen, or about $856,000, installing the devices, according to a bureau official.

The municipal government and residents requested the information be easily accessible; in the past, those seeking the information had to request a public release of information through the national government. The Defense Facilities Administration Agency, which oversees the bureau, held a round-table discussion on environment improvement near the airfield in 2002 and agreed to disclose the information.

The noise is measured at 16 locations around the airfield. The bureau is seeking input by local residents and will decide whether to install similar devices at other municipal governments near the bases. However, it has not received any input by the residents as of Thursday.

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