4 More US Marines Face Rape Charges in Japan

Men busted just days after arrest in separate case involving 14-year-old girl
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 15, 2008 5:00 AM CST
4 More US Marines Face Rape Charges in Japan
Lt. Gen. Bruce Wright, commander of the U.S. forces in Japan, speaks during a press conference in Tokyo, Japan, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2008. Wright said the U.S. military in Japan has ordered a review of its anti-sexual assault guidelines and could impose further curfews or other restrictions following...   (Associated Press)

US military authorities are charging four Marines with raping a young Japanese woman, just days after a Marine was arrested by Japanese authorities and charged with raping a 14-year-old schoolgirl in a separate case. The four men are accused of assaulting a 19-year-old woman in October after meeting her at an event hall in Hiroshima.

Similar incidents involving US servicemen have sparked fury in Japan where an increasing number of residents are demanding American bases be shut down. The top commander of US forces in Japan yesterday announced the creation of a task force to deal with the problem. "It is our job to do everything we can to restore the confidence of the Japanese people in the US forces stationed here in Japan," he said. (Read more Marine stories.)

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