Marines Rape Japanese Children





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Published on Feb 21, 2008

Anger has spread among residents of Okinawa Prefecture in the wake of the arrest of a U.S. Marine for allegedly raping a 14-year-old girl from a local junior high school.

The alleged rape involving a 38-year-old staff sergeant at Camp Courtney has revived local residents' horrific memories of the 1995 rape of a 12-year-old schoolgirl by three U.S. servicemen, leading to a protest against the heavy U.S. military presence in the small southernmost island prefecture.

The assembly in the capital city of Naha unanimously approved a resolution protesting the incident with Japan and the United States and calling on them to launch a full-scale probe into the case, take preventive measures and offer apologies.

In the meantime, teachers at a junior high school in the town of Chatan, where the alleged incident took place, told students to never come to school unaccompanied and always stay with schoolmates.

"I feel resentment over the incident," the school's vice principal said. "Local communities here live among the U.S. military and U.S. soldiers, and that makes us worry about our safety."

"The military forces should enhance their moral education," said the vice principal.

Teachers, along with parents, will make rounds of the district during afternoon hours when children are going home.

Meanwhile, in the city of Okinawa, where the suspect allegedly first talked to the girl, a female company employee, 35, said, "I can't believe how such a thing could be done to a child. It's unforgivable. I never want to see something like this happen again."

A 40-year-old housewife who lives in the city and has a daughter in junior high school said she ordered her daughter, "Don't go out at night in this area."

But a 41-year-old local business operator said, "I don't think this incident will directly worsen local sentiment toward U.S. military bases, because it is a matter of personal integrity."

The 1995 rape resulted in Japan and the United States agreeing the following year to relocate the U.S. Marine Corps' Futenma Air Station and vacate some other U.S. facilities, although the plan remains to be implemented due to resistance among residents at the relocation site.


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