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Post time 2008-2-18 14:43:34 |Display all floors

Reply #20 mengzhi's post

Yes, justice must be served. My stance on pedophiles is on record and needs no reiteration. The Japanese police have, however said..."accused". If it's indeed proven that the foul deed was perpetrated, then yes, prosecute the offender to the fullest extent of the law!

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Post time 2008-2-18 19:19:46 |Display all floors
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You miss the point . All accused are given the benefit of the doubt and is " innocent until proven otherwise " . What I am on about is that the local Japanese police have no authority over these " suspects , accused " or whatever you would like to call them . The US military take them into custody and from there , the AMERICANS decide the outcome . You don't understand this ?

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Post time 2008-2-18 20:01:52 |Display all floors
Originally posted by exportedkiwi at 2008-2-18 15:43
Yes, justice must be served. My stance on pedophiles is on record and needs no reiteration. The Japanese police have, however said..."accused". If it's indeed proven that the foul deed wa ...



I refer to Mengzhi's and cbcronin's postings. Hands are tight for the Japanese. Even if they arrest a culprit red-handed, they don't have any right to prosecute him. Offenders are usually given a light sentence by the US forces and then sent back home. This is accompanied by a verbal apology by the US commander to the victim/relatives of the victim and that's it. Sad but true.

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Post time 2008-2-18 20:44:47 |Display all floors
Monday February 18, 2008

Japan angered by new U.S. crimes after rape arrest

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan slammed U.S. military discipline as slack on Monday, and it plans to raise the issue with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice next week after a series of minor crimes following the arrest of a Marine for rape.

Two U.S. Marines have been arrested on the southern island of Okinawa in the past two days, one for intruding into a home and another for drink driving, a week after the arrest of another Marine on suspicion of raping a 14-year-old girl.

"It is quite simply infuriating that they are drinking in the middle of the night, or early in the morning, and committing crimes while people are crying out for stricter discipline," Machimura told reporters. "I can only call it slack."

A 38-year-old Marine, Tyrone Hadnott, was arrested last Monday on suspicion of raping a schoolgirl in a car. He has denied the rape but admitted forcibly kissing the girl, police have said.

Angry lawmakers on Okinawa have called for a reduction of the U.S. military presence.

Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda told ruling party executives on Monday that he would strongly complain to the United States and demand steps to prevent similar crimes in the future, Kyodo news agency reported.

The top commander of U.S. forces in Japan told reporters that the military had set up a task force to review and strengthen programmes to prevent sexual harassment and assault.

The U.S. secretary of state plans to visit China and Japan after attending the inauguration of South Korean President-elect Lee Myung-bak in Seoul on Feb. 25.

"Secretary Rice is coming next week and I think I may have a chance to meet her," Machimura said.

"We must use the occasion to call for deep reflection," he said. "This is extremely regrettable. I am very angry."

A 22-year-old Marine was arrested on Sunday for drink driving, and a 21-year-old comrade was arrested on Monday for intruding into a local resident's home, local police said. Media reports said he was found asleep on the sofa and could not remember why he was there.

Okinawa plays host to the bulk of the 50,000 or so U.S. troops based in Japan. Local residents often complain about the noise, crime and pollution associated with the bases.

"As long as we have the bases, this kind of thing will continue to happen," one Okinawa resident told NHK television. "It's a question of what the government thinks about that."

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Post time 2008-2-19 04:05:43 |Display all floors

American Justice , the oxymoron.

I think the world ( especially those countries who are still feeding US troops on their soil ) is sick of this blatant double standard of behaviour . Justice is bastardized more because the victims are all local innocents !

It has nothing to do with  " a minority " or a " few bad apples ". Every individual case must be treated as a full criminal event , regardless of how many more ( or less ) " bad apples " have been guilty at any time.

The Japs should wake up to the fact that the Yanks are stomping all over Tokyo and its surrounds not because they love the Japs but because they can .  Humbug and hypocrisy must not be encouraged .

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Post time 2008-2-19 04:18:29 |Display all floors
Originally posted by satsu_jin at 2008-2-18 07:01



I refer to Mengzhi's and cbcronin's postings. Hands are tight for the Japanese. Even if they arrest a culprit red-handed, they don't have any right to prosecute him. Offenders are usually giv ...

I'm not sure of the statute, but I believe US courts can rule to extradite U.S. citizens for the prosecution of crimes committed in other countries, if an extradition treaty exists between the two countries.

As to soldiers, it is an entirely different ball game. Soldiers are considered the property of the U.S. government... so getting ahold of them would be like pulling teeth from a crocodile.
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Concerning the drunken soldiers:

The commanders of these men should be disciplined and the post commander should be reprimanded. Why he didn't lock down the post immediately after the first incident is unfathomable. I know overseas posts have been getting very lax concerning discipline over the years.... but it is a trend that must be stomped out.

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