Skip to content

Japanese police arrest 2 more US servicemen

November 23, 2012

Japan’s police have arrested two US servicemen in the city of Yokohama over allegations of public indecency, amid rising anti-US sentiments in the country.

Local police arrested US sailor Oscar Hayes Wiygul on Friday after he allegedly walked around naked in an internet cafe in Yokohama, located southwest of the capital Tokyo.

The 23-year-old sailor also defied a night-time curfew that the US military imposed after two US troopers allegedly raped a Japanese woman on Okinawa Island.

Also on Friday, police arrested US serviceman Fernandez Luis on suspicion of drunk driving in Okinawa.

The arrest of the 27-year-old US marine, who serves at the Futenma Air Base, came after a Japanese woman complained that her vehicle was hit by Luis’s car, a local police spokeswoman said.

On October 16, Japanese police in Okinawa arrested two 23-year-old US soldiers on charges of raping a local woman and leaving her with a neck injury.

On November 2, a 24-year-old US soldier broke into an apartment above a bar in an Okinawa village and hit a teenage boy despite the night-time curfew. He then jumped out of the third-floor flat’s window and was taken to the hospital.

The incidents angered the Japanese public, who are against the presence of the US forces in Okinawa, and led to several anti-US demonstrations in Japan. 

Some 26,000 US troops are stationed in Okinawa, where the soldiers have reportedly committed more than 5,700 crimes since 1972, when the island was handed back to Japan.

In September, tens of thousands of Japanese rallied against the presence of the US Osprey aircrafts kept on Okinawa due to poor safety records.

The US considers Okinawa as a crucial military location in the region. However, the residents are tired of what they call the disproportionate burden for the Japan-US relationship.

Black Background About US troops in Japan:

In 1995, mass protests, caused by US servicemen gang raping a 12 year old Okinawa girl, lead to reduction of the massive US military presence on Okinawa.

People hold placards in protest against the alleged rape of a local Japanese woman by two US servicemen in Japan’s Okinawa, October 17, 2012.

People hold placards in protest against the alleged rape of a local Japanese woman by two US servicemen in Japan’s Okinawa, October 17, 2012.

Related Posts:

在日アメリカ軍基地に対する抗議

The Japanese government has condemned a US marine’s trespassing on a private home making it the third unlawful incident in a month.

日本政府が住居侵入容疑のアメリカ軍中尉を非難

US Marine arrested on Okinawa.

Advertisements

From → Japan, United State

Comments are closed.