U.S. military vows new measures in Okinawa after suspected rape
News On Japan via Reuters -- Oct 19
The U.S. military said on Thursday it would soon announce new measures to "ensure responsible behavior" by American troops on Japan's southern island of Okinawa, after the suspected rape of a Japanese woman threatened to strain ties between the allies.
The incident, which led to the arrests on Tuesday of two U.S. servicemen, has thrown new scrutiny on the behavior of the large contingent of American military troops on the island, located in the East China Sea close to mainland China.
Okinawa, occupied by the United States from 1945 to 1972, accounts for less than 1 percent of Japan's total land but hosts three-quarters of the U.S. military facilities in the country in terms of land area. It also plays host to more than half the 47,000 American troops stationed in Japan.
After the arrests, Japanese Defense Minister Satoshi Morimoto vowed to press the United States for measures for stricter discipline. Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima described the incident as "madness."
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