US Sailor Admits Rape: Japan Police
Tensions already high over American aircraft deployment
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Oct 17, 2012 8:27 AM CDT
Updated Oct 17, 2012 11:16 AM CDT
An Osprey aircraft prepares to land at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan, Okinawa, southern Japan Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012.   (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

(Newser) – A US sailor has confessed to rape, Japanese police say, after he and a fellow sailor were arrested early yesterday on the southern island of Okinawa. Seaman Christopher Browning and Petty Officer 3rd Class Skyler Dozierwalker were arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting and robbing a 27-year-old local woman, who reported the alleged attack. The men had approached her outside a bar, according to local media, before following her to an empty street and slashing her neck. Dozierwalker has reportedly confessed, while Browning rejects the claim, ABC News reports.

The incident inflames tensions between Okinawa and Tokyo regarding the US, Reuters notes. Tokyo has allowed American Osprey hybrid aircraft—whose safety has been questioned—to be deployed on the island. The US ambassador to Japan promised his "full personal attention" would be on the allegations. "The entire United States government, including our military, will continue to work our hearts out to earn the trust of the Okinawan people and the people of Japan," he said. More than half of the 50,000 US troops in Japan are stationed at Okinawa. In 1995, three US Marines were arrested in the rape of a 12-year-old girl, prompting widespread protests.

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Oct 18, 2012 12:03 AM CDT
And Japan still denies their WW2 atrocities. Irony much? If the parties were reversed, Japan would say the victim was a willing "comfort women".
Oct 17, 2012 11:30 PM CDT
Set them on fire.
Oct 17, 2012 4:43 PM CDT
I agree wholeheartedly that any man who would do such a thing is a waste of oxygen, but... The majority of commenters thus far seem to have assumed that this sailor is guilty. I think we need to use some caution, rather than jumping to conclusions. I don't know much about Japanese police brutality laws, but if I had to bet, I'd bet their interrogation techniques are a bit harsher than ours. It's also awfully convenient for the Japanese if the Okinawans don't want our military there. If they did it, there isn't a punishment too harsh for them. If they didn't, then the Japanese police have abused an innocent young man.