TOKYO – The legislature of the Japanese island of Okinawa has passed a protest resolution following the arrests of two U.S. sailors accused of rape, and says U.S. bases there should be shrunk or returned.
The resolution approved Monday demands proper punishment and victim compensation in the rape case. The prefectural assembly also demands that the U.S. military educate its personnel better to prevent crimes against Okinawa residents.
The legislature says 5,747 crimes are on record involving U.S. military personnel since Okinawa was returned to Japan in 1972. It says that in some cases criminal activity is getting worse.
The U.S. Forces Japan has placed an 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew to all military personnel in the country.