The Japanese government is furious over the alleged rape of a 14 year old girl on Okinawa by a United States Marine named Tyrone Hadnott. The Marine admits he forced the girl to kiss him but denies raping her. Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda said the action “is unforgivable. It has happened over and over again in the past and I take it as a grave case.” Japan’s Defense Minister said the alleged rape case would have a serious impact on U.S.-Japanese relations.
For some reason, there are still 50,000 American soldiers stationed in Japan fifty years after the conclusion of the Korean War. The initial reason for their presence was concern over a possible war with China and the fact there had been an armistice in Korea between opposing forces. There no longer is any danger from China and both North and South Korea are working to resolve their differences. Perhaps, it is time to end the presence of 50,000 members of the military in Japan and have them used in regions where their presence could make a difference such as Afghanistan. If 50,000 soldiers are kept in any nation, the chance of such incidents occurring must happen. The war in Afghanistan cries out for more troops.