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Japan: Hundreds rally against US military ahead of Marine's arraignment for rape02:10

Japan: Hundreds rally against US military ahead of Marine's arraignment for rape

Japan, Tokyo
June 26, 2016 at 14:02 GMT -00:00 · Published

Hundreds of activists rallied in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Monday, ahead of the final arraignments for the US Marine who pleaded guilty of raping a local woman on the island of Okinawa.

The US Marine confessed to the crime in March this year before a panel at a Naha District Court.

The case sparked a public outcry against the US military presence in Japan, with the latest case being the alleged drunk driving incident involving a US Navy officer, which left two people injured.

Last month, the US military banned drinking and restricted off-base activities after midnight for all of its military personnel and civilian workers in Okinawa, which reportedly hosts around 62 percent of all US troops in Japan.

Japan and the US have been discussing the possibility of relocating a US Marine Corps air station from central Okinawa, which hosts the majority of US troops stationed in Japan under a bilateral security agreement. However, the project has been repeatedly postponed.

Japan: Hundreds rally against US military ahead of Marine's arraignment for rape02:10
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Hundreds of activists rallied in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Monday, ahead of the final arraignments for the US Marine who pleaded guilty of raping a local woman on the island of Okinawa.

The US Marine confessed to the crime in March this year before a panel at a Naha District Court.

The case sparked a public outcry against the US military presence in Japan, with the latest case being the alleged drunk driving incident involving a US Navy officer, which left two people injured.

Last month, the US military banned drinking and restricted off-base activities after midnight for all of its military personnel and civilian workers in Okinawa, which reportedly hosts around 62 percent of all US troops in Japan.

Japan and the US have been discussing the possibility of relocating a US Marine Corps air station from central Okinawa, which hosts the majority of US troops stationed in Japan under a bilateral security agreement. However, the project has been repeatedly postponed.

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