US military authorities are charging four Marines with raping a young Japanese woman, just days after a Marine was arrested by Japanese authorities and charged with raping a 14-year-old schoolgirl in a separate case. The four men are accused of assaulting a 19-year-old woman in October after meeting her at an event hall in Hiroshima.
Similar incidents involving US servicemen have sparked fury in Japan where an increasing number of residents are demanding American bases be shut down. The top commander of US forces in Japan yesterday announced the creation of a task force to deal with the problem. "It is our job to do everything we can to restore the confidence of the Japanese people in the US forces stationed here in Japan," he said.