The commander of U.S. Forces Japan imposed a night curfew on military personnel on Oct. 19 after two U.S. servicemen were arrested on suspicion of raping a Japanese woman on the southern island of Okinawa.
The arrests come at a time when public opinion in Okinawa is at odds with Tokyo for allowing the U.S. deployment of Osprey hybrid aircraft on the island despite lingering concerns about their safety.
Friction over U.S. bases on Okinawa intensified after the 1995 rape of a 12-year-old Japanese schoolgirl by three U.S. servicemen. The case sparked widespread protests by Okinawans, who had long resented the American presence due to crime, noise and deadly accidents.
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