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

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Despite Election-Year Wrangling, Senate Renews Domestic Violence Law

 

Laurie Kellman
Christian Science Monitor
April 26, 2012

The Senate voted to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act; it is the first time since the law was passed in 1994 that there has been opposition to a renewal, and renewing the law in the House may be more difficult.

The Senate overcame election-year gender politics Thursday to pass a bill renewing the government’s main domestic violence program. The 68-31 vote marked the first time since the Violence Against Women Act first passed in 1994 that its renewal has drawn opposition in the Senate, reflecting the increasing polarization of the chamber and hair-trigger political sensitivities over women’s issues in this presidential and congressional election year.

“In 2012, we should be beyond questioning the need for the Violence Against Women Act,” Vice President Joe Biden said in a statement. He urged the House to act quickly so President Barack Obama can sign the renewal into law.

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Additional Reporting:

Senate Passes Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization, Roll Call, April 26, 2012

Senate OKs Violence Against Women Act, Talk Radio News Service, April 26, 2012

Senate Passes Violence Against Women Act, Think Progress, April 26, 2012

Violence Against Women Act, The Obamacrat™, April 26, 2012