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Okinawa Marine faces trespassing charges

Dec. 28, 2012 - 07:39AM   |   Last Updated: Dec. 28, 2012 - 07:39AM  |  
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TOKYO A U.S. Marine was arrested Friday on trespassing charges in Japan's southwestern island of Okinawa, where public outrage is growing against the American military following a rape allegedly by servicemen.

Cpl. Anibal Antonio Barraza-Ortiz, 27, assigned to Camp Hansen, is suspected of having entered the veranda of an apartment in Naha city and was arrested in a drunken state early Friday on a nearby rooftop, police said. No hometown was given.

"We will fully cooperate with authorities in their investigation," U.S. Forces Japan spokesman Lt. Col. David Honchul said.

Okinawa houses more than half the U.S. troops in Japan under a bilateral security alliance. After the October rape, an 11 p.m.-to-5 a.m. curfew was set for all military personnel in Japan, and they are not allowed to buy or consume alcohol off-base.

Anger in Okinawa is also growing against the U.S. deployment there of Osprey aircraft. The U.S. military says the Osprey is safe but people are worried its tilting rotors may be prone to crashes.

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