Arrests of US Sailors in Okinawa Reignites Opposition to Bases

Justin McCurry
The Christian Science Monitor
October 18, 2012

The arrest of two American sailors on suspicion of raping a woman in Okinawa has reignited tensions over the US military’s longstanding presence on the southern Japanese island.

Japanese police are questioning the suspects, named as Seaman Christopher Browning and Petty Officer 3rd Class Skyler Dozierwalker, both 23, who were arrested after allegedly raping the unnamed woman as she walked home in the early hours of Tuesday. Mr. Dozierwalker has reportedly admitted to committing the crime, Japanese media said.

Japan’s Defense minister, Satoshi Morimoto, called the alleged rape an “extremely egregious and vile incident,” and attributed it to a “failure on how the US military trains its personnel.”

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For additional reporting on this issue, refer to the links below:

Pentagon Aiding Probe of Alleged Rape of Okinawa Woman by Two U.S. Sailors, CBS News, October 18, 2012

U.S. Tries to Soothe Okinawa Nerves, The Wall Street Journal, October 17, 2012

Two US Sailors Accused of Okinawa Rape,  The Guardian,  October 17, 2012

Japanese Fury as 2 US Sailors Arrested in Okinawa Rape Case,  Digital Journal,  October 18, 2012