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Okinawa legislators protest crimes involving US military suspects, demand tougher regulations

Leaders on the Japan island of Okinawa are protesting recent crimes involving U.S. military suspects and demanding tougher regulations, along with stepped-up efforts to reduce the number of troops and bases there.

The Okinawa prefectural (state) assembly unanimously passed a resolution Friday protesting an alleged rape by two Navy sailors last month and an assault on a teenage boy this month, allegedly by a U.S. airman.

The incidents have reignited deep-rooted anger on the island, which hosts more than half the 52,000 U.S. troops stationed in Japan. All U.S. troops were put under a curfew after the rape was reported, but the assault occurred two weeks later.

The resolution also called for a review of legal procedures for military suspects and efforts to streamline the U.S. troop presence.

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