Like US military leadership in Korea, now leaders in Japan have to deal with their own sexual assault incident:
Two U.S. Navy sailors were arrested Tuesday for the alleged rape and assault of an Okinawan woman, an incident that could further inflame anti-American sentiment on the island.
Okinawa Prefectural Police said they arrested Seaman Christopher Browning and Petty Officer 3rd Class Skyler Dozierwalker, both 23, after the alleged incident was reported to police by an acquaintance of the alleged victim.
The alleged victim, who according to media reports is in her 20s, told police she was walking home from work in central Okinawa between 3:35 a.m. and 4:20 a.m. when the men followed, assaulted and raped her, police said. A U.S. Navy official said the incident allegedly took place in the parking lot of her apartment building.
The woman also suffered minor injuries to her neck, police said. [Stars & Stripes]
You can read the rest at the link, but the two US servicemembers were supposed to be rotating out of the country on Tuesday before being accused of the crime. They will likely spend many more months in Japan and possibly even years if convicted of the crime.
Much like with what I recommended in regards to the accused sexual assault in South Korea, I recommend that people should wait for more information to come out before drawing conclusions. A perfect example of this is this Stars & Stripes article about a false rape allegation made by an Okinawa teenager back in 2008. In another case a Filipina bar worker accused a Marine of rape and then testified in court that she made the rape story up because she was mad at the Marine for throwing away her cellphone. This testimony didn’t matter as the servicemember was still convicted. These are both great examples of why a SOFA is needed in Japan and people should wait for more information to emerge before drawing conclusions.