The people of Okinawa were recently reminded once again of the horrors of foreign military occupation. This is a subject with which Southerners are quite familiar. Tragically, many Southern women were violated by United States’ soldiers. Yuka Hayshi reports for The Wall Street Journal:
U.S. and Japanese officials moved swiftly to limit potential damage to their bilateral defense relations Wednesday after two U.S. Navy sailors were arrested on suspicion of raping a local woman.
Japanese police arrested the two sailors after a 27-year-old Okinawan woman reported being attacked early Tuesday in a parking lot near her home as she returned from work. She told police the assault lasted for 45 minutes, during which she suffered a minor neck injury.
…Local opposition to the U.S. military presence has strengthened again in recent months amid the deployment of a new generation of Marines air transporter known as the Osprey. Huge rallies have taken place on Okinawa recently, including one in September that attracted tens of thousands of participants. Among incidents sparking local anger in recent years are the assault of a middle school girl in 2008 and an attack on a local woman by a junior Marine officer in August this year.
Incidents like this of US soldiers engaging in criminal acts on Okinawa are unfortunately not uncommon.