US military’s Asia-Pacific strategic focus — and sailors charged with rape in Okinawa

US troops held over Okinawa alleged rape

Local residents rally against deployment of Osprey aircraft at Futenma air base,  Okinawa, on 4 Oct 2012 [Photo: There have been many protests over the US military footprint, like this one over the Osprey deployment]

BBC, October 16, 2012–Two US troops have been arrested over the alleged rape of a Japanese woman on the island of Okinawa.

The two men, identified as 23-year-old sailors, were detained by police on the southern island on Tuesday. Continue reading