August 2010

Former Marine Convicted in North Carolina of Killing Female Colleague


August 24, 2010

Former U.S. Marine Cesar Laurean was convicted in North Carolina on Monday of first degree murder in the 2007 death of Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach, who was eight months pregnant when she died.

An autopsy showed that Lauterbach, 20, died of blunt force trauma to the head. Police unearthed her charred body from beneath a barbecue pit in Laurean’s backyard in January 2008. She had disappeared the month before.

To read the complete story on CNN, click here.

For additional reporting and opinions concerning this story, click the links below:

Delayed Justice In Lauterbach Murder Sends A Message To Female Soldiers That The Military Does Not Have Their Back  Feminist Peace Network, August 25, 2010

Decision on Futenma Relocation Unlikely Until at Least 2011


Satoshi Ogawa
The Daily Yomiuri
August 21, 2010

It has become almost certain that essential details of the relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps’ Futenma Air Station in Okinawa Prefecture will remain unresolved until at least 2011, as the Japanese and U.S. governments have basically agreed to abandon the Aug. 31 deadline they set earlier.

The two governments agreed Thursday on the outline of a report–to be released by working-level experts from both countries by the end of this month–regarding an exact location for the Futenma replacement facility and the design of its runway, according to sources familiar with the matter.

To read the full story at the The Daily Yomiuri, click here.


For additional information on this issue, please refer to the following reports:

Japan, US To Announce Futenma Base Talks’ Outcome On Aug 30,  August 20, 2010

Film Shows Japan-U.S. Security Rows from Artists’ Viewpoints The Mainichi Daily News, August 21, 2010

Japan, U.S. Arranging Kan-Obama Summit in N.Y. The Japan Times Online, August 22, 2010

Manga to Promote
US-Japan Military Alliance


August 3, 2010

The US military is to use manga-style comics to teach Japanese children about the two countries’ security alliance.

Four comics featuring a Japanese girl and a visiting US boy will be posted online, each exploring how US and Japanese troops work together.

A US spokesman said they were intended as a light-hearted explanation of the history of the alliance.

For the complete story at BBC News, click here.

The comics can be accessed at this link.