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Japan asks for the arrest of US army personnel

October 22, 2012


Commander of U.S. Forces in Japan Lt. Gen. Salvatore Angelella, right, speaks to the media as U.S. Ambassador to Japan John Roos looks on at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo. Angelella said American military personnel will be subject to a curfew and other restrictions following allegations two U.S. sailors raped a woman in Okinawa. —AP Photo

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

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

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

Previously taken steps by the US here.