The Straits Times
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Published on Nov 18, 2012
 

Another US Marine arrested in Okinawa

 
 

TOKYO (AP) - Japanese police have arrested a United States Marine on suspicion of trespassing on the southern island of Okinawa amid anger over military crimes and demands for stricter regulations for US troops.

Police say 1st Lieutenant Tomas Chanquet, 24, of the Marine Corps Air Station Futenma allegedly sneaked into a room through an unlocked door and slept until spotted by a resident who called police.

An alleged rape by two Navy sailors last month enraged Okinawans and reignited deep-rooted anti-base sentiment on the island, home to more than half the 52,000 US troops in Japan.

The case led to a curfew on all troops in Japan but two weeks later a US airman allegedly assaulted a teenager. Sunday's incident also raises questions over the effectiveness of the curfew and other disciplinary steps.