Japan's Okinawa assembly protests rape

October 22, 2012

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

The legislature of the Japanese island of Okinawa has passed a protest resolution following the arrests of two U.S. sailors accused of rape, and says U.S. bases there should be shrunk or returned.

The resolution approved on Oct. 22 demands proper punishment and victim compensation in the rape case. The prefectural assembly also demands that the U.S. military educate its personnel better to prevent crimes against Okinawa residents.

The legislature says 5,747 crimes are on record involving U.S. military personnel since Okinawa was returned to Japan in 1972. It says that in some cases criminal activity is getting worse.

The U.S. Forces Japan has placed an 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew to all military personnel in the country.

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
  • 1
submit to reddit
Protesters call for U.S. military pullout in front of Camp Foster in Okinawa Prefecture on Oct. 17. (The Asahi Shimbun)

Protesters call for U.S. military pullout in front of Camp Foster in Okinawa Prefecture on Oct. 17. (The Asahi Shimbun)

Toggle
  • Protesters call for U.S. military pullout in front of Camp Foster in Okinawa Prefecture on Oct. 17. (The Asahi Shimbun)

More AJW