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Heinous crimes by U.S. military personnel cause 620 victims in post-war Okinawa: local paper survey

  • November 15, 2017
  • , Okinawa Times , p. 25
  • JMH Translation

From 1945 through 2016 at least 620 people in Okinawa prefecture fell victim to incidents of “murder-robbery,” “murder,” or “rape” or fatal traffic accidents involving persons connected to the U.S. military.

 

The data was compiled by the Okinawa Times, which conducted its own research using local documents and records kept by prefectural authorities and private entities.

 

Many crimes occurred in the immediate postwar years through 1972, when Okinawa reverted to Japan. From 1972 to 2014, the number of arrests for criminal offenses committed by U.S. military service members, civilian contractors and their family members came to 5,862 cases. Of them, 571 were “heinous crimes,” which include murder, rape, robbery, and arson. (Abridged)

 

 

 

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