Another US military serviceman has been detained over an alleged sexual assault on Japan’s southern island of Okinawa.
In the latest of a string of incidents involving US troops, the man is accused of raping a Filipino woman at a hotel.
The alleged rape happened before a 24-hour curfew was imposed on US troops, their families and civilians working for the military on Okinawa.
In the last few days another soldier was found drunk asleep on a sofa in a house he had broken into, while another was arrested for drink-driving.
The military will be hoping that in time Japan’s national media will lose interest in the story.
America busily winning hearts and minds, even if it must be burglary…
Heckuva job boys.
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The US military has imposed a curfew on its troops in Okinawa amid tensions over incidents involving service personnel, including an alleged rape.
Under the curfew, which began early on Wednesday, troops’ movements will be restricted to allow them a “period of reflection“, a military statement said.
Thousands of US troops are based in Okinawa, Japan’s southern-most island.
Many Okinawans dislike the US presence. The recent alleged rape of a teenager by a US marine has caused outrage.
In 1995 there were mass protests in Okinawa after US troops gang-raped a 12-year-old girl – an incident which raised concerns for the future of the US-Japan security alliance.
Last week, US Marine Staff Sgt Tyrone Hadnott was arrested for allegedly raping a 14-year-old girl in his car. He admits forcibly kissing her but denies rape.
Over the weekend, two more US troops were arrested for drink-driving and trespassing – causing Japan’s top government spokesman to accuse the US military of a lack of discipline.
“I only have one thing to express and that is our true anger,” Nobutaka Machimura said. “We demand serious self-reflection.”
Serious self-reflection isn’t going to do it I’m afraid. I suggest compulsory chemical castration for Americans traveling abroad.
Better to be safe…