Anti-U.S. base rally set for Dec. 23

Kyodo

Citizens’ groups in Okinawa said they will organize a rally Dec. 23 to protest recent crimes and other problematic incidents involving U.S. service members.

Organizers aim to assemble more than 10,000 people at a park in Ginowan before marching to the Futenma base.

The prefecture, which hosts the bulk of U.S. forces in Japan, has experienced several incidents involving U.S. servicemen recently.

The alleged rape of a local woman by two U.S. Navy sailors last month led to a nighttime curfew on all U.S. military personnel in Japan.

Despite the curfew, a drunken U.S. airman entered an apartment and assaulted a boy in Yomitan in early November, while a U.S. Marine was arrested Sunday for trespassing in an apartment in Naha.