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Prosecutors to decide charges for U.S. airman over alleged assault

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I hope the prosecutors charge the individual, not the Airman, for the crime he's allegedly committed, as they do for all other accused. Nothing more, nothing less.

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was arrested for sneaking into a woman’s apartment.

I wouldnt say stumbling into someones home when someone was already inside then falling asleep would be considered "sneaking"

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That means they haven't pressed charge's yet? Why not? Pay restitution and get on with your bad self...

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That means they haven't pressed charge's yet? Why not? Pay restitution and get on with your bad self...

Police dont decide what charges to press they refer the person in an alleged crime to the public prosecutors office and they decide what to charge the guy after the completion of the police investigation.

I wonder why this guy hasn't had his name plastered all over the press like the Lt in the inadvertent trespassing case?

Could this guy have already paid compensation and restitution to the victim and their family? One other thing to remember is that if the parents do not file a complaint for the assault, or request the police to not charge the guy based on their complaint the police will not typically hold the guy over for prosecution.

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pay up young fella and all will be forgotten....

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YubaruNov. 20, 2012 - 08:21AM JST

One other thing to remember is that if the parents do not file a complaint for the assault, or request the police to not charge the guy based on their complaint the police will not typically hold the guy over for prosecution.

It's not that they won't, it's that they can't. This is a highly political case though, and you can be certain that if the parents had originally decided not to press charges, a bribe would have been ready for them.

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It's not that they won't, it's that they can't

They can, it just depends upon the crime. In this case it wouldn't surprise me if the parents declined to press their complaint but the JP's found some other "crime" that they could charge him with, not associated with the trespassing or assault.

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At first sight, it appears that no great damage was done and the airman apologised, but, on the other hand, there was considerable damage done to the reputation of US servicemen in Okinawa.

This man got drunk and lost control, showing no consideration for the people in the bar, the kid on the 3rd floor apartment and the owners of the apartment.

Taking the broader picture, the US government also shows no consideration for the people of Okinawa who strongly object to the US military presence here.

Of course, the Japanese government is also to blame, for being lily livered cowards who cannot say "No" to any American and who care more about keeping their jobs than representing their constituents.

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There is something fundamentally wrong about stationing young, single troops in Okinawa. If you don't believe this true, I invite you to scan the "personals" in Craigslist. KAB seems to be a particularly foul sewer.

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Of course, the Japanese government is also to blame, for being lily livered cowards who cannot say "No" to any American and who care more about keeping their jobs than representing their constituents.

If the Japanese can not say no to ANY American's as you wrote here, then pray tell why is this guy in the hands of the Japanese police?

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nahaman-san,

There is something fundamentally wrong about stationing young, single troops in Okinawa. If you don't believe this true, I invite you to scan the "personals" in Craigslist. KAB seems to be a particularly foul sewer.

I did as you suggested.

It's quite a shock.

351 men looking for men 423 men looking for women And only 41 women looking for men

Looks like this might be the source of the problem.

"All the lonely people!"

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I think he is on base as he was sent to the Camp Lestor Naval hospital. To get him back takes an indictment from the Okinawa prosecutors office.

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Yubaru-san,

I must thank you. Your attention to detail revealed that in my early morning blur, I omitted a word.

This should have read:

Of course, the Japanese government is also to blame, for being lily livered cowards who cannot say "No" to any American diplomat and who care more about keeping their jobs than representing their constituents.

No doubt you will find something else to criticise in my corrected statement.

I look forward to your next post with considerable interest.

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While this guy is clearly in the wrong I hope they go after every person that punches a child with such vigor

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Jimmy Mills,

What's your point?

You ask.

Well, in proportion to the number of US military in Okinawa, 351 men looking for men and 423 men looking for women is quite high.

I was also surprised at the number of men looking for men. Three hundred and fifty one.

I hadn't realised that there were so many gays in the US military.

Not that there's anything wrong with being gay, of course.

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I think the JP are just prolonging this as long as they can so that it will end up in the news for everyone to see. The kid did a very stupid thing but it is not one of the more severe crimes ever committed. It's all a publicity stunt that the JP are doing along with the media. Sad but true.

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think the JP are just prolonging this as long as they can so that it will end up in the news for everyone to see. The kid did a very stupid thing but it is not one of the more severe crimes ever committed. It's all a publicity stunt that the JP are doing along with the media. Sad but true.

It has nothing to do with the JP's, in fact they would rather not have any publicity at all. It's all the local media, and it's worse than anyone can imagine, every single day the evening news starts off with either Osprey, rape, trespassing and assault, or trespassing news that has been regurgitated through the 4 stomachs of 10,000 cows and spit back as cud.

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I hope they do charge him with severity. This needs to set a clear example, american servicemen seem to be very dumb these days to not come out strongly against such actions as a group.....

i also continue to be quite shocked by the brutality of the comments about a sad event that was shocking for the boy involved and the family. Evidently the serviceman's aggressive actions are not unusual judging from the comments in this and many other threads in this forum. I keep hoping to see more decorum and courtesy and compassion for victims and people in tough circumstances.

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I hope the family gets compensated and the airmen gets treatment for his drinking problem.

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He should be let off easy, as is customary for Japanese lawmen, politicians, and parents etc who get off easy for committing far worse. I have seen many a story on JT of Japanese who have groped girls or killed their own children and they get off easy.

I hope the family gets compensated and the airmen gets treatment for his drinking problem.

From one incident you assume he has a drinking problem? You know they guy? Seems to me like the whole population of Japan has a drinking problem. Yet the tradition of lightweight japanese going out and drinking every night or many nights and after work with colleagues, then falling over/down stairs, puking in the streets, groping girls etc is so ingrained in the culture it is accepted as the norm, and not seen as a drinking problem. I hope the airMAN gets off the hook and the whole nation of Japan gets treatment for her drinking problem.

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komuso Japanese do not go into the wrong apartment and punch boys. So what is wrong with getting falling down drunk as long as you do not commit a crime? As for being "lightweight" I can out drink most Marines as they are drunk after a few bud lights. Look he got drunk and went into the wrong apartment, punched a boy and then jumped out on the 3rd floor. You do not see a problem? I have changed my mind and think the Okinawa government should not charge him. He has been punished enough already. Broken bones and punishment under article 15 of the UCMJ is enough.

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