'It keeps happening,' rape survivor says as activists protest abuse by US military in Japan

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    Anyone from Japan? Seems like this isn’t a problem of a mere “bad apple”.


    Protests against American military presence in Japan continued on Saturday, as the country’s defense minister lodged a formal complaint over the latest case of alleged murder and rape of a young Japanese woman by a US military base employee.

    Gen Nakatani visited the US Kadena Air Base on Saturday to formally protest the alleged crime to its commander Lt. Gen. Lawrence Nicholson.

    "I deliver a strong message of regret and at the same time make a protest,” he said as cited by the public broadcaster NHK.

    Nicholson offered “heartfelt prayers and condolences” to the victim’s family.

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    Kenneth Franklin Gadson, a 32-year-old former Marine, who goes by his Japanese wife’s family name of Shinzato, was arrested by the Okinawan police on Thursday. He confessed to raping and killing Rina Shimabukuro, 20, who went missing in late April.

    Japanese officials including Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed outrage over the latest in a string of crimes, which has been poisoning US-Japanese military ties for decades. The country’s Foreign Ministry filed a formal complaint over the case as well.

    The news of the arrest sparked protests across Japan, which continued on a smaller scale on Saturday. Critics of the deployment of US troops in Japan complain of the crimes committed by American personnel against local residents, environmental damage done by US bases and other negative sides. Okinawa Island hosts roughly half of all American troops in Japan, and sentiment against the arrangement are especially strong there.

    “Vehicles with Y numbers should not be allowed to leave the base,” an activist told The Asahi Shimbun newspaper during a small Saturday protest in front of a US base. He was referring to license plates on vehicles used by US military personnel and civilian base staff.

    ‘It keeps happening,’ rape survivor says as activists protest abuse by US military in Japan


    What are your thoughts? Are the Americans really there to safe guard peace in East Asia. Given the memories of Western invasions, I am skeptical…



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    @bugoutfever It’s especially a problem because many Asian parents refuse/ignorant of these problems which means their children are sheep being fed to wolves.

    Many of my respondents were not given lessons on how to deal with racist incidents; very few parents discussed this subject.

    Many of my respondents lacked guidance from family, friends, or their community on how to cope with discrimination.

    Asian American Sexual Politics: The Construction of Race, Gender, and Sexuality: Rosalind S. Chou

    This must change if Asians are to make any progress.

  • Level 3 - Captain

    It’s so sad…and we are only seeing what happens from very blatant criminals. Think about the vast majority of micro incidents that are technically not criminal but still revolting and racist.

  • Level 0 - Private

    Yup, if they’re gonna vilify Asian criminals because of culture and genetics, we can throw this shit right back at them.

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