The aircraft went down today. The crash could reignite longstanding anger of the continued US occupation of their island. Half of the 50,000 US troops deployed in Japan are stationed in Okinawa. Over the years there have been a number of US military aircraft accidents with near misses and crimes like rapes, murders committed by Americans that have outraged locals. In 2012 over 100,000 protesters gathered at a seaside park in Okinawa to oppose the decision to deploy a dozen MV-22 to the Futenma base. However, as Japan lost the war, there is little the local can do.