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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