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U.S. Marine arrested for assaulting passerby on street in Kawasaki

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Kanagawa Prefectural Police have arrested a U.S. Marine on suspicion of assaulting a passerby on a street in Kawasaki.

According to police, the 20-year-old suspect is based at Camp Schwab in Okinawa Prefecture, Kyodo News reported. Police said the incident occurred at around 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday in Kawasaki City’s Nakahara Ward.

Police said the suspect allegedly grabbed a 43-year-old man by the chest, and threw him to the ground, causing him to suffer a head injury that required 10 stitches.

Police said the the two men were not acquainted and that the Marine was intoxicated when he was arrested. They said he has denied the charge.

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2 years in a Japanese prison and force this street trash to pay 10 million yen in compo. Ban him for life from entering Japan.

I just hope and pray the innocent man can recover from this trauma.

21 ( +35 / -14 )

the Marine was intoxicated when he was arrested

Since there will be a ton of US bashing on this article, I will just say that he should say he doesn't remember what happened.

-13 ( +18 / -31 )

Lock him up for a while, then hand him over to his superiors, then block him from ever entering Japan.

As Fighto! stated also have him pay the victim $$ what ever a court judge may decide

12 ( +23 / -11 )

We don’t know what happened exactly do we?

Some Japanese can be obnoxious to foreigners and spoil for a fight-rare-I’ve seem it happen though and been in threatening situations myself.

Best to walk away but Marines are not ones to back down easily

-6 ( +27 / -33 )

And we don’t know what role the ‘victim’ played in this situation.

Any witnesses?

-9 ( +22 / -31 )

Not to say he didn’t do anything, but all I can say is; cameras, cameras, cameras.

12 ( +21 / -9 )

send occupying US forces back home.

pack and return as tourists.

-11 ( +18 / -29 )

The U.S. Marine is 20 years young.

His victim 43 is more than twice his age.

He should be sentenced to 23 years in prison.

And released when he is same age as his victim: 43.

-11 ( +12 / -23 )

My country is not sending their best and brightest over here. This is mainly because the best and brightest know what a sham the U.S. military is, with its global Monroe Doctrine, American exeptionalism, and outrageous corruption.

But the article does not explain what happened. Its quite possible the international hired thug was protecting himself against an attack by a local nutjob.

-9 ( +10 / -19 )

My country is not sending their best and brightest over here.

When has it? May 25 to 28, 2019 perhaps?

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

He's in the US military so the Japanese police will have to turn him over to the American MP's.

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

As usual, there is not enough information here to form any kind of opinion except a very general one.

What did the Japanese guy do to draw his fire? Anything?

5 ( +15 / -10 )

What did the Japanese guy do to draw his fire? Anything?

Nothing, just walking down the street.

-1 ( +8 / -9 )

But the article does not explain what happened. Its quite possible the international hired thug was protecting himself against an attack by a local nutjob.

The article said he was drunk. Or maybe the marine was doing something and Japanese Guy tried to stop him?

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

The article tells us nothing!

12 ( +13 / -1 )

YankeeXToday  07:58 pm JST

He's in the US military so the Japanese police will have to turn him over to the American MP's.

Wrong. Japanese police have jurisdiction, unless the serviceman was on base or duty at the time, or the victim was a US national. Look up SOFA.

This Marine is a disgrace to the Corp and to his country,

5 ( +11 / -6 )

Nobody knows the specific details of this but knives are out for the marine in this comments section! It could have been an assault by the marine or simply self defense, the passerby throwing the first punch, the passerby verbally abusing the marine… there are many reasons this could have happened so a proper investigation is need to get to the bottom of it and then punishment should be given accordingly!

-1 ( +6 / -7 )

Would you be saying that if the victim were a foreigner?

Yes, why would I not?

0 ( +4 / -4 )

Young, dumb, and full of *** as the saying goes.

The older guy probably looked at him, and then the young guy being drunk decided to get physical.

Compensation and military prison.

3 ( +6 / -3 )

Again, easy target for conjecture till details are out. His info and story may be semi-protected under SOFA, but still all military are expected to behave better. Its news purely due to that fact. I'm glad I am out of the Military, as when 1 idiot messed up, they would punish us all in Japan.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

As usual... all the haters of the USA gleefully come out of the word work to castrate this guy. This could happen to any of us. We don't know what actually happened... do you really think this kid just all of a sudden pushed this guy for zero reason, it is doubtful. I've gone over the statistics... the number of incidents involving U.S. Military personnel in Japan is well below the average involving two Japanese nationals. Heck... even Japanese police get into more off duty scuffles than U.S. Military but we hold the Americans to a higher rate of personal conduct.

-11 ( +4 / -15 )

The article only presents the police side of the story. Of course, in Japan, he will not be allowed to properly defend his actions due to Japan's inadequate legal system, and rule of law.

-8 ( +3 / -11 )

Stephen ChinOct. 4 06:52 pm JST

The U.S. Marine is 20 years young.

His victim 43 is more than twice his age.

He should be sentenced to 23 years in prison.

And released when he is same age as his victim: 43.

Yes random calculations for punishments always make sense.

1 ( +5 / -4 )

Good balanced debate. If the guy is guilty, lock him up. However, let's get the full story of the incident before we throw away the key.

4 ( +6 / -2 )

the American army should leave Japan, the Japanese will defend themselves, no problem

-3 ( +3 / -6 )

This could happen to any of us.

Rubbish. Most of us don't get violent and attack people when drunk.

BTW - why wasn't this lowlife loser named? He deserves to have his name out there.

6 ( +11 / -5 )

According to the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty, U.S. Marines are not supposed to be in Japan, so that the suspect may claim that he is innocent in all counts because he is simply a victim of the erratic implementation of the treaty.

-5 ( +0 / -5 )

Lots of stones being cast here.

How many of you personally know anyone in the Marine Corp?

Exactly!

-9 ( +2 / -11 )

"The article tells us nothing".....

Incorrect - it states quite clearly that a US Marine caused serious grievous bodily harm to another human-being, resulting in the victim's hospitalisation and medical-stitching of the wound which the assailant caused.

The military training of the Marine should have been uppermost in his mind, regardless of his condition at the time, which meant that he keeps his fists to himself at all times, and behaves with decorum, never forgetting that he is a guest in this country, and as such representative of the US people and their supporting services.

Certainly jail-time and deportation, at least then we can rest assured he won't cause any more harm to anyone here.

3 ( +6 / -3 )

Can see why the Okinawans want the Americans to get out.

They are just trouble .

-4 ( +6 / -10 )

We don’t know what happened exactly do we?

Exactly. We don't. But some will use this as an excuse to bash foreigners.

Some Japanese can be obnoxious to foreigners and spoil for a fight-rare-I’ve seem it happen though and been in threatening situations myself.

Some? It happens all the time, but then again you have the victim mentality here.

Like said above, we don't have all the details, BUT I'm personally willing to bet this was not an unprovoked attack.

-9 ( +3 / -12 )

Soldiers are fully trained to kill. Soldier generally is himself a weapon. If a boxer beat/assaulted a passerby on street, it is going to be a serious crime, because a boxer is himself a weapon. he will get some kind of punishment whatever.

-1 ( +4 / -5 )

The article said he was drunk.

So what?

Or maybe the marine was doing something and Japanese Guy tried to stop him?

Like just walking down the street?

-5 ( +4 / -9 )

BTW - why wasn't this lowlife loser named? He deserves to have his name out there.

@Fighto. Because he has not yet been indicted. At the moment he is assisting the police with their enquiries.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

One morning I hopped on the Chuo line from Tachikawa headed to Shinjuku. One middle aged Japanese guy shouted as I entered "Kill America", and started pointing Air gun gestures to me with his fingers.

Disclaimer: Am not even from the US.

2 ( +9 / -7 )

This is not first time. intoxicated US soldiers beat locals in the night in the past. At that time the US military took curfew a couple of day.

0 ( +5 / -5 )

Eastman -

send occupying US forces back home.

No.

Send fascist Russian forces occupying parts of Ukraine back home.

6 ( +8 / -2 )

Drunk Okinawa Marines causing trouble where ever they go in Japan, not surprised.

-2 ( +5 / -7 )

When these guys finally get sent home after getting out of jail, put them on a cargo plane and not the same one the rest of us and our families use. We shouldn't have to be in the airport with them either.

1 ( +4 / -3 )

I see a lot of victim blaming going on here in the comments! Doubt there would be such comments if the marine had been the one beaten up!

1 ( +5 / -4 )

Intoxicated people, mostly men, attacking strangers in the streets is not uncommon, it happens everywhere in the world. I have concluded that most of them are violent individuals before they they start drinking.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

kurisupisuOct. 4  05:49 pm JST

We don’t know what happened exactly do we?

Some Japanese can be obnoxious to foreigners and spoil for a fight-rare-I’ve seem it happen though and been in threatening situations myself.

Best to walk away but Marines are not ones to back down easily

What articles of this nature provide ALL the details and facts of an incident. None.

What the article does tell us:

The marine was intoxicated

Doesn't say that the Japanese man was intoxicated

The Japanese man was a passerby

The marine assaulted the Japanese man resulting in stitches to the head

The marine was 20yrs old and the Japanese man 43yrs old

There is no mention of an argument between the two. If there was, it would usually be mentioned. If both were intoxicated, it's also usually stated. As a visitor to Japan representing the marines, marines here are supposed to and expected to back down in incidents with Japanese civilians. It's called discipline, knowing your place and who you are. You yourself said that it's rare that Japanese instigate trouble with foreigners.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

As usual... all the haters of the USA gleefully come out of the word work to castrate this guy.

Hmmm, why do you think there are so many haters of the US military?

This could happen to any of us.

Naah, don't think so. Or perhaps you mean any of us could be suddenly attacked by a US marine?

do you really think this kid just all of a sudden pushed this guy for zero reason,

That wouldn't surprise me one bit.

-1 ( +5 / -6 )

My question is why someone from Okinawa that supposedly doesn’t know his way around, is on the street in Kawasaki

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Of course he is guilty. Why do I say that? Because he is a gaijin and the other person is Japanese. Yes, that is why he is guilty.

At least, that is why he is guilty or will be treated as guilty by the police. This may not be fair, but this is how it works in Japan. Remember the police are Japanese and speak Japanese. Some speak English quite well but most don't.

The marine was intoxicated, but what about the other person? Why are we not told whether he was or wasn't intoxicated?

What is assault in Japan? If you just touch someone, it can be construed as assault. You don't even have to push.

I am not American, I do not want the US military over here, but I think the guy should be given a chance. There are Japanese who dislike gaijin, there are Japanese who like to bait gaijin and insult them. They may be a small minority, but they do exist. They are often drunk or in drinking areas. They could even be yakuza. We don't know.

Police said the suspect allegedly grabbed a 43-year-old man by the chest, and threw him to the ground.

I found this interesting. He did not bop him on the jaw. Did he actually throw him to the ground judo style or did he just push him away because he was getting too close and was the other person so drunk he fell to the ground?

-1 ( +4 / -5 )

At least, that is why he is guilty or will be treated as guilty by the police. This may not be fair, but this is how it works in Japan.

Not in my experience. When I got assaulted by a drunk oyaji on the train, it was Japanese people who held him, and the police charged him with assault. It was never treated as my fault.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

This could happen to any of us.

But wouldn't. Because most of us won't be stupid enough to be fighting someone in Japan.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

2 years in a Japanese prison and force this street trash to pay 10 million yen in compo. Ban him for life from entering Japan.

If this marine is indicted and found guilty, I believe the sentence in Japan is 1 year imprisonment, and / or ¥2 million compensation.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

Fighto! i agree with most of what you say but he shouldn't get his name out there cause if he dose then he gets attention and then others might try to do the same crap to get more attention cause some people just want attention no matter if it's good or bad attention

0 ( +0 / -0 )

It is kind of curious the you never read about an American Serviceperson ever being the victim of a fight whereby someone else started it and the Serviceperson suffered an injury. I've read about it happening in Germany and the U.S. but never in Japan.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

probably used wrong pro-noun when addressing the Marine

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

According to the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty, U.S. Marines are not supposed to be in Japan,

Please elaborate. I believe I had been misled too!!!

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

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