Okinawans on the warpath outside U.S. Marine Base Zukeran, next to

Okinawa City, Oct. 17. Already enraged by the manner with which

Tokyo and Washington treat their concerns, the apparent rape of a yet

another local resident by U.S. troops has again enraged local residents.



Okinawans will 'Spew Magma' Over Crimes of U.S. Forces (Okinawa Times, Japan)


"Sixty seven years have passed since the end of the war. Is there any other region in which women's human rights have been threatened for such a long period? ... Even in the relatively limited time since Okinawa was officially returned to Japan at the end of last year, there have been 127 cases of rape and attempted rape by members of the U.S. Forces. ... . Okinawans can take it no longer. The volcano of resentment will start spewing magma unless the U.S. and Japanese governments start enforcing visible measures."




Translated By Violet Knight


October 21, 2012


Japan - The Okinawa Times - Original Article (Japanese)

A visibly uncomfortable U.S. Ambassador John Roos after meeting with Japan Deputy Foreign Minister Shuji Kira over an apparrent rape committed by U.S. sailors, Oct. 17.

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Two U.S. sailors, Seaman Christopher Browning (23) and Petty Officer 3rd Class Skyler Dozierwalker (23), have been arrested by a joint squad of Okinawa police and the prefecture's serious crimes unit, on suspicion of the gang rape and assault of a woman who was on her way home in central Okinawa.


No blame whatsoever can be attributed to the victim. This is a particularly vicious case that has trampled the human rights of the woman.


According to police, the two U.S. sailors called over to the woman in broken Japanese. When she ignored them and continued on her way, they came up from behind and held her in a full nelson, then dragging her into a secluded spot for the rape.


The servicemen are based at the Fort Worth Naval Air Station in Texas, and arrived in Okinawa on the 14th via Naval Air Facility Atsugi in Kanagawa. They had completed their supply mission and were scheduled to depart for Guam on the 16th, the day of the crime.


The suspects were staying at a local hotel, and were due to check out that very morning, which raises suspicion that they deliberately chose the day of departure for the commission of their crime. This is a line of inquiry that the Okinawa police should thoroughly investigate in bringing the truth to light.


This is no isolated incident. Another sexual assault by a U.S. Marine happened in August, on a street in the southern part of the island. As a response to these offenses, Defense Minister Satoshi Morimoto has said he intends to set up a joint committee of Americans and Japanese. For Okinawans, though, the phrases "prevention of future incidents" and "enforcement of strict discipline," which are bandied about by both governments every time a crime occurs, are simply empty gestures meant to placate their anger.



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Why haven't "prevention of future incidents" and "enforcement of strict discipline" already been put in place, and why do these incidents continue to occur? The joint committee needs to ask.


Sixty seven years have passed since the end of the war. Is there any other region in which women’s human rights have been threatened for such a period?


At a meeting of the Prefectural Assembly Special Committee on U.S. Military Affairs, Okinawa police revealed that even in the relatively limited period since Okinawa was officially returned to Japan [in 1974], there have been 127 cases of rape and attempted rape by members of U.S. Forces. And these are only the recorded incidents. In 1995, three U.S. servicemen gang raped a schoolgirl, which resulted in a prefecture-wide protest. Since then, repulsive crimes against women seem without end.


[Editor's Note: An earlier version of this article suggested that Okinawa was officially returned to Japan last year. In fact, it was returned to Japan's control in 1972. The 127 crimes mentioned took place in the almost four decades since 1972 - not since last year. Worldmeets.US regrets the error.]


"B52s in the sky, submarines in the sea, toxic gases on the ground, and nowhere to hide," is how Okinawa was described before it was returned to Japan, and when it comes to the excessive burden of the bases, nothing has fundamentally changed since then. "Ospreys in the sky, and crimes by U.S. servicemen on the ground" - that is the current situation 40 years on. Military considerations still remain the priority, while the safety and wellbeing of residents are casually dismissed.

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There is an inherent contradiction in cramming 74 percent of all U.S. military facilities into an Okinawa bursting at the seams. Makeshift solutions will no longer suffice, yet both the Japanese and American governments continue to ignore the voices of Okinawans asking for the burden to be lightened.


At the 2000 Okinawa Summit [the G8-summit], President Bill Clinton promised to "reduce the U.S. military footprint," i.e.: ease the burden and impact. Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell also admitted, in a paper published the same year, that "too many eggs were put in one basket" with regard to Okinawa.


Yet these measures have yet to be put in place, because the Japanese government continues to demand that the Marines remain stationed in Okinawa. Okinawans can take it no longer. The volcano of resentment will start spewing magma unless the U.S. and Japanese governments start enforcing visible measures.



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