Japanese officials angry after 2 U.S. sailors arrested in Okinawa rape case
The Kadena U.S. Air Base on the Japanese island of Okinawa, pictured here on February 18, 2007.
October 17th, 2012
06:19 AM ET

Japanese officials angry after 2 U.S. sailors arrested in Okinawa rape case

By Yoko Wakatsuki

Japanese officials expressed outrage after two U.S. sailors were arrested over accusations that they raped a woman on the island of Okinawa, where the American military presence has generated long-simmering resentment.

Defense Minister Satoshi Morimoto on Wednesday called the alleged rape "vicious and mean" and said Japanese authorities were lodging protests with the U.S. government and military, as well as demands for better preventive measures.

Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima, who met with Morimoto over the matter, said it went "beyond madness" that the alleged attack took place two months after a U.S. Marine was arrested over accusations he assaulted and molested a woman in Naha, the capital of Okinawa.

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  1. Mike

    Didn't this happen once before? I had to look at the date of this to be sure.

    October 18, 2012 at 11:44 am | Reply
  2. George Patton

    On the other hand, read this.......

    In some Haryana villages in India, the young girls are routinely threatened, abused and killed all under Khap (tribe/clan) verdicts. It is acceptable for the families to feed pesticide pills to the teenage girls and then dispose off their bodies by burning them without any police records.

    October 17, 2012 at 10:46 am | Reply
    • Patrick

      Time to nuke India, I suppose. Thank you, George for bringing this to the limelight. Again, too bad that most people here are too ignorant to see that proving that most people in this country need to be educated! Ignorance only leads to fear and hate!

      October 17, 2012 at 10:48 am | Reply
    • jyves95

      What are you trying to say? It's OK for US soldiers to rape women?

      October 17, 2012 at 11:53 am | Reply
      • Phunnie boy

        I really had you fooled jyves95, didn't I? I posted under those two names above, making both George and Patrick look like Tea Partying nitwits and you fell for it!!!

        October 17, 2012 at 7:18 pm |
  3. George Patton

    I suppose that the clowns who committed this crime will eventually get away it. In fact, why do we have troops there in the first place and against whom are we purpotedly protecting them? Certainly not China and North Korea can hardly pose a threat. If the J apanese are adamant on having foreign troops in Okinawa, then why not the Chinese? It seems to be a good idea!!!

    October 17, 2012 at 9:01 am | Reply
    • Patrick

      Thank you, George. You have a splendid idea there. Too bad that most people here are too ignorant to see that proving that most people in this country need to be educated! Ignorance only leads to fear and hate!

      October 17, 2012 at 10:21 am | Reply

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