Thursday, November 15, 2007

About-face

Japan drops rape case against US Marines

TOKYO - Prosecutors have dropped a case involving allegations that four U.S. Marines raped a 19-year-old woman in southwestern Japan, an official said Thursday.

Earlier this month, Hiroshima police decided not to arrest the Marines, saying there were discrepancies between their accounts and one given by the woman. Police had handed the case over to prosecutors to make a final decision on whether to continue an investigation.

The decision to drop the case "was made in light of the evidence," an official at the Hiroshima District Public Prosecutors' Office quoted Deputy Prosecutor Keiichi Yamakawa as saying.

"In view of the nature of the case, we will refrain from offering specific reasons for dropping the case," added the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of policy.


Source: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071115/ap_on_re_as/japan_us_military_1

4 comments:

tornados28 said...

Interesting. I wonder what the reasons were for dropping the case?

ターナー said...

Rape cases are incredibly hard to try when all the evidence is he said/she said. I don't think politics played a part here.

BGirl said...

I'm a bit late to comment (after Stumbing Upon your blog), but after seeing how some of the American soldiers act in Hiroshima, I was really embarrassed. It must have been around payday because they were traveling in packs and were loud, drunk and threatening on the trains.

Anyway, the personal is political, so I don't see how politics doesn't play into any rape case anywhere.

But what, besides greater restrictions on American soldiers in Japan, should be done about this?

ターナー said...

They're like that every Saturday, I'm sorry to say...

You're right - politics should not play a role in any rape case, but it does, especially in high profile cases like this one with prior repercussions (scaling down forces in Okinawa).

However, without knowing the finer details of the case, I can only venture to guess that wasn't the case here; it looks as though there was simply an absence of physical evidence, and came down to she said/they said.

I'm not sure there's much that can be done to prevent future incidences. There will always be soldiers, they will always have access to alcohol, and always want sex after being around men 90% of the time.