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U.S. Army general in Japan suspended amid sex-assault probe

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By ROBERT BURNS

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The legislation also would require that anyone in uniform found guilty of a sex-related crime receive a punishment that includes, at a minimum, a dismissal from military service or a dishonorable discharge.

Personally that should read "at a minimum a dismissal from the military service AND a dishonorable discharge!

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When will they just replace the Ameko with a more civilised army.

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He is mostly a scapegoat since the presence of the US Army is minimal with only 2,500 mostly officers working at command.

If they were really doing an investigation they would have looked into the Marines or Navy with the most presence and unlike the Army the bulk are enlisted men and women.

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Agreed

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Sad! Very sad indeed!

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Strange to find this in the news since there were no Japanese involved. This sounds like something I'd read in the stars and strips.

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Wonder what the right wing Japanese politicians who keep on insisting the 'comfort women' were necessary during Japanese occupation of Asian countries would have to say to this.

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This sounds like something I'd read in the stars and strips.

Stars and Stripes right?

http://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/commander-suspended-over-handling-of-sexual-assault-claim-1.224987

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It's not a case of whether or not inappropriate behavior happened. That is unclear. It's how it was handled by the old boy's club that is unacceptable.

In a way, it must be a relief to the majority of the forces serving in Japan knowing that the bad guys will be identified as such instead of trying to paint the whole military as a gang of uncontrollable sex predators.

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And now there's a Major Boozer in charge? I'm sure that's gonna work out well!

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lol burakumindes

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Thanks for the link Yubaru. It was an allegation of a sexual assault between an Army officer and a Japanese Civilian Worker on base at Camp Zama. This is a major conspiracy if they tried to cover it up.

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When will they just replace the Ameko with a more civilised army.

What's Ameko???

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He has not been found guilty yet! It is an allegation and in America people are suppose to be presumed innocent until found guilty. If he is guilty should be reduced in rank to colonel and retired.

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He has not been found guilty yet! It is an allegation and in America people are suppose to be presumed innocent until found guilty.

Since you have no experience with the military it's easy to understand your opinion. But when leaders get to the position of one like this man's appearances matter as well.

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The woman said she was removed from her job against her will and given another position last November after other employees complained that the officer was showing her favoritism.

Thanks to the poster who provided the link to the S&S article on this situation, I thought that the above quote was interesting. It seems that there were more internal issues at hand than the sexual assualt probe. If he assulted her, that is no excuse for the officer who did it. But the General, I am not fully sure I see why he is being thrown under the bus. If this were the case, then the current USFJ, and CNRJ and other Flag officers should have been removed due to the recent rash of incidents involving US military personnel here in Japan.

I find it interesting that when we have to go to sex assult training, the information that they are putting out is that there has been an increase in male on male sexual assaults recently and not just male/female. But somehow that never seems to make the news.

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Stars and Stripes right?

Also upon reading he S&S article, there seems to be something fishy from the whole story in my point of view. If the officer did commit an assault, then he should be punished. But if you read the story (and the one in the print paper) you will see that one case of assault took place in a hotel room when both parties were on TAD (temporary duty).

The alleged victim, a secretary, contacted Stars and Stripes last month complaining that the Army appeared to be stalling an investigation into her claims.

Having spent 20+ years in the military, I can't think of any reasons why a senior officer would take his secretary with him on a business trip. If indeed the officer in question was a senior person, he would have a military assistant to go with him. Also in this time of tight budgets, just taking a secretary on a TAD would really need to be justified when other people who may actually need training are denied trips.

From all accounts I ahve read, the woman submitted the complaint, and the CID was doing it's job. Maybe a bit slow but the process was working. Also as stated earlier, other office workers were complaining that the person was getting unfair treatment being the boss' "favorite" and she was removed.

In no way am I blaming the victim. If the General indeed had looked out for this guy in the past, then he blew it for the general. But, I don't think that it would be enough for him to get fired over it.

The woman, who has also complained to Japanese authorities, provided Stars and Stripes with an email from the Department of Defense Office of the Inspector General stating that her case is also the subject of a probe by the Directorate for Whistleblower Reprisal Investigations.

Again from the S&S article, this statement tells me a lot. In these days of hightened scrutiny agains US military in Japan, if the Japanese authorities don't act on it and make a case, then they don't think that there is nothing there for them to prosecute. We can see that in many cases when the Japanese govt refuses to charge in cases involving US miltary members. It is a polite way of saying "nothing here to see folks." If there were substantial evidence the officer in question and this story would be front page news in Japan. I don't think the General has enough sway to steer this out of the press.

Those are just my opinions based on what I have seen in cases similar to this. If the suborinae officer is indeed guilty of misconduct, then he also should be fired if he hasn't already. But I still think it is over the top to just go after the General unless he was really covering for the officer.

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