The accidental sinking of a Japanese trawler by a U.S. submarine on February 9th has further stirred the discussion on whether it is really necessary to have tens of thousands of U.S. troops stationed on Japanese soil. And the timing of the tragic accident could not have been worse: just days before the top Marine in Okinawa, Lt. Gen. Earl Hailston commented on Okinawan officials as being "nuts and a bunch of wimps", expressing his frustration over the fact that the Okinawan authorities didn't counter local protests against the U.S. military presence strong enough. Okinawa's population strongly resents the troops for the congestion they cause on the islands and for several cases of rape and abuse. We will further delve into the subject by posting relevant articles and resources. For the time being, please see the official COMSUBPAC Press Release as well as the Good Bye US Marines Project.