If the East side is a JPanel, and you want to remove it, you could just remove the JPanel from the JFrame...
Here is something I found from another site... :
"the easiest way to remove a component (panel) from a container (frame) is to keep a reference to it, and then call Container.remove(Component) ie:
i haven't tested this code but it should work.
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