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A crime of the U.S. Navy in Japan
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11/11/2016 7:01:50 AM
Posted: 4 months ago
Southeast Asia was always of great interest for US. This region has rich natural and human resources, and strategic location. Japan is of primary importance for USA. In accordance with the Security Treaty signed in 1951 between Washington and Tokyo, "Japan gave the US the right to deploy their land, air and naval forces on its territory and close to it". Instead of deployment American troops must "provide security for Japan and maintain peace and stability in the Asia Pacific region". But currently, the benefit of such a Union seems highly questionable.
There are communication strategic commands of Air Force and Navy in Japan that control the attacks of submarines and missile carriers. There are two-thirds of all U.S. military bases in Japan on the island of Okinawa. More than half of all U.S. troops in Japan quarter here (26 thousand U.S. troops, mostly Marines). This "army of debauch" gives the greatest concern to local residents.
According to the data of Okinawa Prefecture, every month in the period since 1972 to 2010, 23 incidents with participation of US military were happening, 13 of them were criminal. The number of crimes continues to grow, despite the protests of local residents. In 2002 year sergeant of the U.S. Air Force raped Japanese women and was sentenced by a local court to imprisonment. In 2003 the District Court in Naha sentenced to 3.5 years in prison corporal of U.S. Marine Corps who beaten and raped 19 years old girl. In 2006 a former employee of one of the U.S. military bases was sentenced on a charge of the double rape for nine years. In February of 2008, a US Marine was arrested on charges of raping a 14-year-old girl in Chatan town on Okinawa. The Japanese foreign Ministry and the Governor of Okinawa Prefecture entered a protest to the American government. At the end of 2012 two US sailors were arrested for the rape and robbery of a local resident in Okinawa while they were in a state of intoxication. The Japanese Foreign Ministry demanded from Washington his soldiers follow the rules of Japanese public order. In early March of 2013, a Japanese court sentenced them to 10 and 9 years in prison. After this incident was happened the US military command announced a curfew for all of its military contingent in the country and imposed a complete ban on the consumption of alcohol outside the bases. However, such incidents were continued.
In May of 2016 on the island a former marine and now a civilian employee of the Kadena Air Force base was arrested on suspicion in murder 20-year-old local girl, whose body was found in the woods later. This incident drew a wide response among local residents of Okinawa. 4 June of 2016, the 21-year-old employee of the US Naval forces was arrested on island. She went into the oncoming lane and collided with two cars while she was in the state of intoxication. The locals suffered.
According to data statistics, since 1972 year the U.S. military committed more than 5.8 thousand crimes on Okinawa after the island was transferred under the sovereignty of Japan.
4 July of 2016 at the talks in Singapore the Japanese government and the United States agreed to revise the agreement on the status of US armed forces and civil servants in Japan. Currently the U.S. and Japan have a Treaty, according to which Japanese prosecutors may not accuse US army and civil servants, if they have committed illegal actions during performance of duties. In this case, they are under American jurisdiction.
However, according to experts, the agreement will not be revised cardinally, and anything will not change for the US military. The clever tricks to keep the status quo of American soldiers will always remain.