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US Marine arrested on Okinawa.

November 19, 2012

Okinawa police arrested an apparently drunk U.S. Marine on Sunday on suspicion of trespass amid growing anger on the southern Japanese island over military crimes and demands for stricter regulations for American troops.

The incident, the second after the U.S. military had stepped up disciplinary steps last month, immediately triggered harsh reaction from the Okinawa government.

Police said 1st Lt. Tomas Chanquet of the marine air station Futenma allegedly sneaked into a room through an unlocked door and slept until spotted by a resident who called police.

Sunday’s arrest was especially inflammatory on Okinawa, where the emperor Akihito was visiting to attend a fisheries event.

“I’m too shocked to say anything. It’s utterly ridiculous and extremely regrettable,” Okinawa governor Hirokazu Nakaima told reporters. “I must lodge a strong protest to both the Japanese and U.S. governments. They must do something more significant.”

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda is expected to raise the issue during talks Tuesday with President Barack Obama on the sidelines of the summit of Southeast Asian countries in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Kyodo News agency reported.

An alleged rape by two navy sailors last month enraged Okinawans and reignited deep-rooted anti-base sentiment on the island, home to more than half the 52,000 U.S. troops in Japan.

An alleged rape by two navy sailors last month enraged Okinawans and reignited deep-rooted anti-base sentiment on the

An alleged rape by two navy sailors last month enraged Okinawans and reignited deep-rooted anti-base sentiment on the island.

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