A Japanese court ruled that 22,005 people living near Kadena Air Base could split over $265 million, to be paid by the Japanese government, for being subject to noise exceeding permissible levels. The settlement represents the largest payout ever for U.S. military aircraft noise. The judges ruled the presence of the aircraft was conducive to the peace and security of the region, so no action will be taken to shut down operations. Instead, the judges admonished the national government for not intervening with noise controls. Both the Japanese government and the plaintiffs may appeal the ruling, complainants arguing they wanted quietude more than money. The case was first filed in 2011 by 22,054 plaintiffs, but some died and others were denied standing because they lived in the Philippines. It represents the third successful lawsuit against noise pollution at Kadena since 1982. Since 1990, the Japanese government has paid more than $90 million in settlements over aircraft noise, and that does not include sums in cases under appeal.