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20-year-old U.S. Marine arrested for allegedly assaulting 76-year-old woman

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A 20-year-old U.S. Marine has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting a 76-year-old woman in Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture, police said Sunday.

According to police, the incident occurred at around 4 a.m. on Saturday, Kyodo News reported. Police said the suspect, who is stationed at the U.S. Marine Corps air base, is accused of punching the woman several times in the face.

A man who witnessed the incident called police and said a foreigner was beating up a woman. 

Police said the suspect was drunk when they arrested him at the scene and quoted him as saying he didn’t do anything.

The woman was taken to hospital to be treated for facial injuries and was in a stable condition on Sunday, police said, adding they are questioning her and the Marine about what started the trouble.

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Despicable, cowardly and weak animal. Please jail the scum in Japan - make him pay 20 million yen compensation- and then deport back home. Needless to say, banned for life from Japan.

I really wish him misfortune.

Do the US Marines recruit their staff from street trash? Seems like it.

I just hope the innocent elderly woman recovers from this disgusting assault.

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Was he alone, or on a date with her?

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A man who witnessed the incident called police and said a foreigner was beating up a woman. 

And these people are protecting Japan?

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What a rollercoaster of emotions you experience reading this - from shock, to grief, to anger, to finally, acceptance. Acceptance of the fact that the US military is, largely, a government-sponsored welfare program for the country's citizens who intersect highest on an xy chart of "physically able", "financially unable" and "mentally programmable."

Will they release a physical description of the assailant, or do we even have to ask...

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The second incident with US troops this week.

11 ( +16 / -5 )

Clearly some US Military personnel are supportive of this coward - and are down voting.

Have a good hard look at yourselves and your colleagues. You are not winning ANY friends in Japan.

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Fighto!Today 05:17 pm JST

Clearly some US Military personnel are supportive of this coward - and are down voting.

There are plenty of reasons for down voting that don't involve cheering on assault.

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The Few , the proud and the drunk. She's as old as your grandmother dude. No excuse and shame, shame on you.

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Yeah unfortunate but Japan will just have to grin and bear it while they continue to pay for US protection

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And these people are protecting Japan?

A common misconception. US forces are in Japan because it is easier to threaten China from Japan.

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These are just the cases we hear about. My friend works at a bar in Hiroshima and tells me about the WEEKLY trouble they have from Marines and Sailors! From fights to destruction of property to assaults on women. And this is just from military at MCAS IWAKUNI. I can’t imagine what it’s like at the bigger bases.

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20-year-old U.S. Marine arrested for allegedly assaulting 76-year-old woman

Join the navy to sea the world, join the marine to kick granny a**?

Just last week there's another incident from Air Force so who's next this year Navy or Army?

https://japantoday.com/category/crime/u.s.-soldier-arrested-for-trespassing-in-home-in-aomori-prefecture

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And these people are protecting Japan?

A common misconception. US forces are in Japan because it is easier to threaten China from Japan.

Yes, and Japan is paying so much for this "protection"; more liability than protection.

I don't remember who said it: to be America's enemy is dangerous, but to be America's friend (ally) is fatal....

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US should ask for a jurisdictional waiver and try this moron under UCMJ.

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Raw BeerToday 06:06 pm JST

I don't remember who said it: to be America's enemy is dangerous, but to be America's friend (ally) is fatal....

An American said that and not exactly one of our geniuses.

-10 ( +5 / -15 )

Lock him up for a while then hand em over to his superiors.

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Ok young man, on what planet does a service man punch an old lady in the face at 4 in the morning? In what mental misplaced space can this even happen?

Scrub toilets for the next five years and re examine your life. Write a letter to the old dear and beg forgiveness. Any friends that might have been with you at the time, you guys are responsible too. A massive embarrasment to any honest foreign servicemen/women serving abroad in any country. Come on America , lift the game. Know why you are here.

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According to police, the incident occurred at around 4 a.m. on Saturday,

A bit early for a 76 year old to be out and about.

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Wait until you’re in your 70’s. You’ll wake up about 4 AM and get out of bed, happy to see you made it another day.

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Very low. Alcohol not only impairs judgment, it also weakens your protection against demonic forces that can overpower drunk people. Fact.

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I think maybe either a 10pm curfew or a confined to base may be necessary.

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Has he been / will he be publicly identified?

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Any man that abuses/assaults a woman, child, or senior is scum. Doesn't matter where he's from, what language he speaks or god he worships.

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Removing half of the US military personnel stationed in Japan would be a solid first step towards restoring Japanese dignity and sovereignty. Grandma and grandpa Japanese citizen would have less to worry about too.

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World police keeping us safe

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This one rotten apple just ruined for all the other military and their families who are law abiding and good people.

There should be a curfew put on these young and single military personal, because it is clear they do not know how to hold their liquor because the drinking age is 21 in the US and so when they get over here, they have no clue what alcohol and or the side effects have for the most part. And even if they do, they are still young and dumb and never think about the consequences of their actions until after the fact.

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Dean, you believe removing all the US personal is a good idea. Really? Japan has an incredibly hard time recruiting men and women for their military and if N. Korea and or China chose to attack who is going to defend this country? Japan's military? Which military do you think is keeping these 2 countries from attacking? Reality check there.

I almost guarantee if the American bases were not on Okinawa that China would long ago would have gone in and scooped up that area. If the bases were to pull out, how would the Okinawans support themselves? So many are on welfare from my understanding and if the bases left it would leave tax paying citizens supporting 80 percent of the island.

The American bases provide lots of jobs and opportunities.

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Removing half of the US military personnel stationed in Japan would be a solid first step towards restoring Japanese dignity and sovereignty. Grandma and grandpa Japanese citizen would have less to worry about too

As long as China and North Korea exist, it will never happen.

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I don't remember who said it: to be America's enemy is dangerous, but to be America's friend (ally) is fatal....

Wow, extremely profound. Please provide an example of this "fatal" relationship.

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You just DON'T punch a 76 year old woman in the face.

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send all of them back home,yesterday was late already.

we dont need you here.

go home and return as tourist.

-5 ( +1 / -6 )

Eastman

send all of them back home,yesterday was late already.

> we dont need you here.

> go home and return as tourist.

Not your decision, that would be one for the Japanese.

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If Yakuza want their life smooth, then they must work with police such as in this case.

Teach that young boy a hard lesson. Make him/his company pay, keep half and give half to the local community, then throw him to the police station.

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What a wanker. But the fact of the matter is there are tens of thousands of US military personnel in Japan and something is always gonna happen somewhere with those numbers. The best way I have notice to punish him would be to collectively punish his whole unit. Like they can't leave base for a few months. Then his own unit will haze him to death.

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I don't know what happened, so how can I judge?

Just because a person is 76 and female does not make her innocent.

Just because a person is a young foreign male solider and drunk does make him guilty.

Either one of them could be the instigator and original assailant. This could have been a fight or it could have been a one-sided attack. It could have been loads of things.

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Keepyer InternetpointsToday 10:34 am JST

I don't know what happened, so how can I judge?

By examining the facts and using your common sense.

Just because a person is 76 and female does not make her innocent.

You seem to think that a young man punching an elderly woman in the face might be justified if she did something to him, i.e., if she somehow "deserved it".

Just because a person is a young foreign male solider and drunk does make him guilty.

There was a witness, and the police caught him. That seems to indicate he is guilty.

Either one of them could be the instigator and original assailant. This could have been a fight or it could have been a one-sided attack. It could have been loads of things.

So you honestly think that an elderly woman would instigate a fight with a 20 year old drunk man, and that he needed to fight back by punching her in the face. Several times. Which put her in the hospital.

Well okay then.

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It's just my two cents here but listen, I know this marine personally and he's a good guy, that's doesn't justify his alleged actions and I'm not sticking up for him. Just understand this though, The news read 76 year old Japanese women sawing off their husbands head so I don't put anything past anyone. He will be punished trust me, He ruined my weekend with my Japanese wife because I am currently serving in Iwakuni. I love Japanese people, all people. It's the individuals that gives us a bad name or any collective group. I've met plenty of great marines and military who doesn't deserve slander. I'm proud to be a Marine and it would be an honor to continue to serve my country and Japan. I don't like violence at all, I think it's pointless but this is the world we live in. Sadly this won't be the last time in any place. I agree that some action has to be taken but please understand not all military is bad. I love the people here and the country and plan to live here after my service is up. All I'm saying is one apple isn't all the apples, continue to take risks on us and we as individual military will have to do a much better job at policing our own. Have a blessed day

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If the bases were to pull out, how would the Okinawans support themselves?

This just isn't true. Returned land is always developed as soon as it returned and the economy grows improves in those areas.

IMO Okinawa should be designated a unaccompanied duty station with no spouses or dependas allowed. That would be a great start to reducing the impact on Okinawans.

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Never man handle any person especial women and children. I knew this even before I left school. This woman end up in hospital so is serious not just a back eye, She was injured. My girl friend was staying at some accommodation in Atami ( a aparto block ) when she went to check her mail box, I ask why isn,t it lock and she said the old lady won,t allow you to place a lock on the box. As she said this a the dragon lady appeared and start to up me for being in the block. She was a real peace of work. But even this thing shouldn't,t get beat up because of her filthy attitude. No excuse, kick him out to never return.

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The guy must have been really, really trashed. Anyway, there is definitely much more to this story. Eagerly awaiting updates.

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Just because a person is 76 and female does not make her innocent.

innocent or not, the power differential

between them dictates that there is no justification for punching her in the face, four times.

IF the 76 year old was mid-way murdering someone somehow, then yeh ok, but how likely is that?

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If that poor woman was a 6' 4" male and built like a brick wall do you think for one second this piece of skum would of attacked her? NO, of course he would not have, he is just a cowardly pos full of dross.

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I can't believe the sicko thumb down for the voilents this bloke took out on this lady. To those who stick up for this scum low life. What if it was your grandma.

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"Fighto!Today 05:17 pm JST Clearly some US Military personnel are supportive of this coward - and are down voting.

There are plenty of reasons for down voting that don't involve cheering on assault."

DO share those reasons. Posters would love to know why you would downvote Fighto! who criticized a 20 year old marine assaulting a 76 year old obaachan.

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"Any man that abuses/assaults a woman, child, or senior is scum. Doesn't matter where he's from, what language he speaks or god he worships."

Absolutely.

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Removing half of the US military personnel stationed in Japan would be a solid first step towards restoring Japanese dignity and sovereignty. Grandma and grandpa Japanese citizen would have less to worry about too

Removing all of them..

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" I agree that some action has to be taken but please understand not all military is bad. I love the people here and the country and plan to live here after my service is up. All I'm saying is one apple isn't all the apples, continue to take risks on us and we as individual military will have to do a much better job at policing our own."

Fair point , most posters would recognize that not " all military are bad" and "one apple isn't all" but as you say one individual and an incident such as this is enough to give a bad name to many. Unfortunate reality most foreigners in Japan are well familiar with.

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Why Japan needs them anyway ? There is 0 chance "US Military" will get involved in shooting war with China. They will only fight if the enemy is Al Qaeda or Taliban basically goat herders with AKs.

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