Nakaima hails U.S. forces curfew


Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima has hailed the swift U.S. decision to introduce a night curfew for all service members stationed in Japan in response to last week’s alleged rape by two U.S. sailors in the city of Okinawa.

“I have the impression that the measure was taken quickly,” Nakaima, who is visiting the United States, told a news conference in Washington on Tuesday. “I clearly see that the United States takes the (alleged) crime seriously.”

The curfew was introduced Friday, three days after the alleged rape, as part of measures to prevent similar incidents. The woman was allegedly raped Oct. 16 and the two suspects, who were rotating through Japan, were arrested by the Okinawa Prefectural Police the same day.

At a symposium Tuesday in Washington, Nakaima called on the U.S. military to withdraw the 12 MV-22 Osprey aircraft deployed at the Futenma base in Ginowan.