2 U.S. sailors arrested in Japan over rape allegations
Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima answers questions at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo on Wednesday.
October 17th, 2012
02:11 AM ET

2 U.S. sailors arrested in Japan over rape allegations

Japanese police have arrested two U.S. sailors over accusations that they raped a woman on the island of Okinawa, where the American military presence has generated long-simmering resentment.

Police in Okinawa identified the detained service members as U.S. Navy Seaman Christopher Daniel Browning and Petty Officer Skyler Dozier Walker of Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth in Texas.

The two men, both 23, are alleged to have raped a Japanese woman in the early hours of Tuesday morning, leaving her with an injury to her neck, police said. They were taken into custody later that day.

Tensions over the American military presence on Okinawa have boiled over before. Many residents were incensed by the rape of a 12-year-old Japanese girl in 1995 by three U.S. military personnel. And allegations that a Marine raped a 14-year-old girl caused a furor in 2008, although the girl decided not to pursue charges.

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. WarISobviouslyOVER

    Always: predictable: well glad its not US this time.

    October 17, 2012 at 3:43 am | Report abuse |
  2. Sinfully Yours

    They had the Woo, but were missing the Tang.

    October 17, 2012 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jack

    No prison terms, just send them both to the front line in Afghanistan or Northern Mali.....justice will prevail.

    October 17, 2012 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  4. Well

    ...at least she wasn't a young male and the suspected perps openly gay men lusting for tight buttock. I'm getting so very tired of hearing man raypes boy. (for personal reasons)

    October 17, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam The Mam

      Of course their govt is angry- they didn't get a piece of the action!! "No b ukak ke for you Ame licans, unless YOU SHARE!"

      He ll, they're probably still pis sed that they never got a pie ce of Zhu ng Zi yi's action, like Chine se officials did.

      October 17, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Well

    Men rayping women is a story as old as civilization itself. But man on boy is a lately thing...sort of like there has always been obesity, just not on a nationwide epidemic scale. (not saying men throughout history didn't raype boys. Just not on todays scale/frequency)
    For example, Ancient Greeks who founded democracy were awfully fond of boys, though the Catholic priest hadn't been invented yet.

    October 17, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    This is awful...I hope that these men are punished as harshly as possible if found guilty.
    Ra pe, no matter who it is, is wholly abominable; it's heinous when the accused are there at the largess of the host country..sick.
    Just sick.

    October 17, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sam The Mam

    I'd imagine that the 23 year old both had a healthy viewing history of anime and ten ta cle pron.

    October 17, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |