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Okinawa lawmakers protest U.S. military cases

Nov. 16, 2012 - 06:18AM   |   Last Updated: Nov. 16, 2012 - 06:18AM  |  
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TOKYO — Leaders on the Japanese island of Okinawa are protesting recent crimes involving U.S. military suspects and demanding tougher regulations, along with stepped-up efforts to reduce the number of troops and bases there.

The Okinawa prefectural (state) assembly unanimously passed a resolution Friday protesting an alleged rape by two Navy sailors last month and an assault on a teenage boy this month, allegedly by a U.S. airman.

The incidents have reignited deep-rooted anger on the island, which hosts more than half of the 52,000 U.S. troops stationed in Japan. All U.S. troops were put under a curfew after the rape was reported, but the assault occurred two weeks later.

The resolution also called for a review of legal procedures for military suspects and efforts to streamline the U.S. troop presence.

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