U.S. military to begin patrols during curfew hours in Naha
U.S. forces on Okinawa will begin late-night patrols in Naha during curfew hours following a number of alleged crimes by service members, according to announcements Wednesday by both the Marine Corps and Air Force.
Stars & Stripes newspaper reported that the patrols will include plain-clothes service members from all branches who will walk the streets of the city between 11 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. Similar teams already patrol areas around major bases on the island.
The curfew has been in place since Oct 19 after two American sailors allegedly raped a woman in Okinawa. It applies to U.S. military personnel whether they are stationed in Japan or just visiting. It requires them to be in their homes, on base or wherever they are lodging.
However, there have been a number of incidents since the curfew was impose, including the case of one U.S. serviceman who allegedly hit a Japanese schoolboy in the face after breaking into his home following a drinking binge.