U.S. sailor arrested for trespassing in house in Yokosuka

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  • 3

    YongYang

    What to do with the drunken sailors early in the morning? Keel haul them. THEN they'll STOP! Really, how many more of these idiots did the US forces higher to protect them?

  • -1

    Dell_1957

    ****Best thing to do is get all our American servicemen back to the states where they belong, with the incredible amount of money the US spends on foreign bases we can sure use this money for us Americans in the US to fix our economy and infrastructure. Americans are sick and tired of other countries always complaining about our military, a few bad apples and they blacklist the whole military....well.....there is a solution....if you don't like a military presence, then boot us out of here.

    I have read comments here before about the US wanting to be here for strategic purposes and that is true but if a countries people don't want us there why not tell us to go away? Why have us here if you are just going to complain about us? Can Japan not defend itself from aggression from other countries? The best solution for all parties involved is for the US Military to leave Japan and not look back.

  • 0

    yosun

    It's nothing to do with stragedy, but a problem of bad discipline!

  • 11

    JeffLee

    but if a countries people don't want us there why not tell us to go away?

    The Philippines did just that in the 1990s. They formally asked, and you complied and left promptly. Simple as that.

    Japan won't do that. That's because Japanese officials and the public are actually keen to have the US military here. But they won't actually admit that because it would damage their own pride and ego and the image they have of themselves as being wise, peaceful, magnanimous people.

    Now, we could draw a conclusion about what kind of national character (or lack of it) that has led to this paradoxical situation, but I'll leave that up to you.

  • -4

    Harry_Gatto

    Disobeying standing orders should mean court martial, 2 years in the brig then dishonourable discharge and then arrest by Japanese police for being here without a visa and then 2 years in Japanese prison.

  • -2

    Dell_1957

    It's nothing to do with stragedy, but a problem of bad discipline!

    Again, the simplest solution is to send us all back to the states and you can defend yourselves.

    Do you really think the military doesn't discipline these idiots when they do stupid things like this? I would think you would be more educated than that.

  • 4

    Cortes Elijah

    Idiots. Cannot handle their drinks. Get them out of Japan please....

  • -2

    Dell_1957

    Idiots. Cannot handle their drinks. Get them out of Japan please....

    I agree with you 100%....please send us back home and don't ask us to come back......EVER!!!!

    We don't like to be stationed here either, please ask your government to send us all back home....I would rather be with my family and friends in my own country.

  • 0

    RJS PRESSROOM

    It is almost certain that it doesn't look good for US Navy!

  • 2

    Yubaru

    Disobeying standing orders should mean court martial, 2 years in the brig then dishonourable discharge and then arrest by Japanese police for being here without a visa and then 2 years in Japanese prison.

    Actually it would work better the other way around because the military will not discharge anyone in country without a visa. That is a part of the agreement between the countries.

  • 15

    Yubaru

    We don't like to be stationed here either, please ask your government to send us all back home....I would rather be with my family and friends in my own country.

    Speak for yourself ok. Very few service folks or their families are idiots like this guy, and there are plenty as well that do very well here and want to stay as long as they can too.

  • -1

    technosphere

    The whole situation looks out like deja vu.......

  • -5

    Crazedinjapan

    Impose rules. No one under E5 can live or travel off base during evening hours. Set up no alcohol permitted for the same individuals off Base.

    Personnel have to reach a level of stays to live off base , why not apply this to other privileges as well. I am sure if the role was reversed Japanese with their passion for alcohol consumption would be doing the exact same things if they had to be posted overseas in similar settings.

    This isn't going to stop unless there is a complete alcohol ban off base. Everyone is tested coming back on with a zero tolerance limit like a driving sobriety test.

    It's pointless to point fingers at anyone individual so create the rules to ban alcohol consumption and put them in the brig when they break the rules.

  • -1

    Harry_Gatto

    Actually it would work better the other way around because the military will not discharge anyone in country without a visa. That is a part of the agreement between the countries.

    OK, you are right, first the Japanese court charged with trespass, hopefully Japanese prison and then the court martial for disobeying orders AND being AWOL :-)

  • 2

    Serrano

    Lawton needs to be slapped upside the head and learn the law.

  • -8

    Dell_1957

    Speak for yourself ok. Very few service folks or their families are idiots like this guy, and there are plenty as well that do very well here and want to stay as long as they can too.

    You obviously are not ever on base or talk to military personal, there maybe a few people that would like to stay here but believe me the rest of us would rather be stationed in another country that treats us better than Japanese people do. The only Asian country that is a preferred country that American soldiers would rather be stationed at is Korea....Korean people are friendlier...they will invite us to their homes and festivities, Japanese people would rather stay as far away from us as possible...which is fine with us.

  • -9

    Dell_1957

    Why don't you anti US Military posters quit wasting time posting against us here and complain to your government to expel ALL US military from your country and you won't have to deal with us anymore? The solution is very simple for you, go onto the streets and protest against all US military and demand we all leave.

    As JeffLee in the fourth post posted....

    The Philippines did just that in the 1990s. They formally asked, and you complied and left promptly. Simple as that.

  • 4

    Yubaru

    You obviously are not ever on base or talk to military personal,

    Ever hear of what the word assume means? You are obviously wrong.

  • 18

    USNinJapan2

    The headline is incorrect and misleading. Lawton did not break into the house. The front door had been left open/unlocked by the wife who was expecting her husband home from work shortly. The drunk Sailor mistakenly walked in and passed out in the foyer/genkan where the police found him and arrested him for trespassing. Lawton is an idiot for being out past curfew and drunk to boot, but this incident is the result of an honest mistake which led to trespassing, not a malicious case of breaking and entering as this article suggests. I am by no means excusing Petty Officer Lawton, but AP should at least get their facts straight.

  • 8

    Yubaru

    The Philippines did just that in the 1990s. They formally asked, and you complied and left promptly. Simple as that.

    Totally different situation.

    The US leased the bases directly from the PI government for 99 years, and when the leases came up for renewal the PI government declined to renew them.....actually a longer story but that's the short version.

    Japan is 100% different, there is a security agreement between Japan and the US and here is what is important, the US does NOT lease the bases for their use. The Japanese government leases the bases from the Japanese landowners and PAYS them yearly rent.

  • -12

    Dell_1957

    @Yubaru.....treaty or no treaty....all Japan has to do is tell the US to pull out, what's the US going to do?...sue them? If Japan tells the US to leave what can the US do?, nothing, pack up and leave.......that would be awesome!

  • 2

    JeffLee

    Totally different situation.

    Huh? The point is that Japan -- like the PI --has the choice to extend its treaty. The landlord arrangement doesn't play into it.

    Japan's security treaty has come up for renewal a few times, and yes, is negotiated, not set in stone. And guess what? The Japanese government has always chosen to keep the US troops here. The Philippines Senate, by contrast, refused to extend its treaty with the US, a decision the Americans respected and complied with.

    Increasingly, Americans don't want to be here (for fiscal reasons). About the only people who want US soldiers here....are the Japanese. So put up or shut up, I'd say.

  • 8

    retired_mil

    It is sad that a few bad apples do the damage that these continue to do. For US Military who don't want to be here, I suggest you request a transfer. For the rest - toe the line. I'm not going to justify why we're here or whether it's appropriate, suffice it to say that we are here - at the request of our combined governments. As guests, it's incumbent on us to follow proper decorum. If you can't handle your alcohol, drink coke instead. I've been here for quite some time, and have found the Japanese people to be warm, and hospitable once they get to know you. The problem is that with the bad behavior of a few making headlines, its difficult to get any of the Japanese people to extend their hand in friendship - and it's hard to blame them. - as to the story about the Philipines - it's incorrect. The US was not asked to leave. Rather, the Philipine government wanted a 5 year lease, and the US would only consider 99yr lease - and then Mount Pinatubo blew and the cost to clean up (coupled with a 5 yr lease) was cost prohibitive. We left because we could not come to terms. We were not asked to leave. Get your facts straight and then you can distort them how you like.

  • 2

    Ozzymarch5

    Wow Sunday morning that's fast reporting since it's just Sunday night now!

  • 3

    Ari94

    Just by reading the above new we can not comment. The main part of the news which must be mentioned is:

    "He is scheduled to return to the USA on January 17 therefore, staying with various friends. He has moved out of his residence."

    The probability of a mistake in this case is highly possible. (due to privacy can not add further).

  • 3

    humanrights

    I cant see why you have to be arrested for a stupid act when I see stupid acts committed everyday by JP on the streets and on the trains and the roads (where people actually die needlessly) Ridiculous really.

  • 2

    Herve Nmn L'Eisa

    PO2 Lawton just gave himself the worst hangover he didn't imagine.

  • 5

    KariHaruka

    Too many comments on here being negative to Japan and the Japanese here. But at the end of the day the US military have imposed a curfew after some serious cases and US personnel are still breaking these curfews.

    I cant see why you have to be arrested for a stupid act

    So you wouldn't call the police if you didn't have some drunk stranger breaking into your house?

  • 7

    Waxman

    I hope people like Dell1957 can learn from comments by retiredmil. And Dell, ur comments are off topic, Japan and US have extremely good relations. They need each other to stay on top of world. If you dont like Japan then u r more than welcome to take a transfer or quit military. That is your job and that is what u get paid for! And do not forget, Japan is paying for all the expenses of military base in Japan.

  • 0

    Hosaro

    How bout this. . . U.S. bases in Japan could be treated similarly to U.S. Territory, and U.S. forces are treated as being in the U.S. while on base. However there would be no access for military personnel to leave the base for anything but driving to other bases for official business, or perhaps medical facilities during medical emergencies.

    If U.S. Forces want to tour around Japan they would need to do so on leave, and only with a proper tourist visa in their passport. No more Military ID only entry to Japan, no more Multiple re-entry sofa passport stamps. No more off-base housing, no more drinking or shopping or any type of R&R off base, with the exception of the afore mentioned tourist visa while on leave.

    American service men should not act as if they are in the U.S. while off base. And unfortunately if we cannot prevent the few nut jobs from ruining it for the rest, then the privileges should be forfeit for all. It seems too difficult to enforce selective enforcement of who can go off base based on age, rank, gender.

  • 5

    Redcliff

    These American Navy personnel never learn and never respect local law. they keep on repeating the same mistake. it's time some of these bad apples should be shipped out.

  • 3

    Thunderbird2

    They can't help themselves can they?

  • -2

    Jimmy Mills

    it's funny that you have the 1% fanatical anti-americans commenting about the 1% of bad apples in the US military.

  • -5

    osakajoe

    Japan should build up it's own military and send the US forces back home! Simple as that! I can't see any reason Japanese people should threat us military personnel like kings!

  • 1

    mrmalice

    @jefflee i'm afraid in this case there's way more involved than just public opinion and i have no clue under what kind of treaty the americans are actually still there. Maybe the japanese can't actually ask them to go because of some verdict or treaty in the past no one streetside remembers anymore. But, it is my somewhat less than humble opinion that, especially with the 'situation' with china and the perceived threat from north korea's nuclear program a) the japanese gov't will definitely not ask them to go and b) the americans will definitely not give up what is probably their largest base in the pacific region. I dont know if and how many troops they have in south korea i havent kept eye on the world for a while but i think japan is their most important base there. there's way more involved above the heads of people in the street, that's one thing i'm sure of. Military reality. BUT the gi joes should really learn to behave it's very bad for relations this way, i feel (as a humble outsider) the public opinion is very much right in this case and the army staff should pose some examples before some kind of resistance out of resentment pops up. That would benefit both factions and is it not a soldiers duty to show at least some discipline. nuff said, since i'm a complete stranger and i have never even been there

  • 3

    AustPaul

    Hm..what is the definition for trespass in Japan? He was pissed and walked into the wrong house by mistake passing out just inside the door..was there any intent to commit any other offence?

    Don't get me wrong, still need to call the cops to handle him but it's really only deserving of a slap on the wrist and apology to the homeowners...the fact that he is a yank sailor makes it more of a issue.

  • 5

    Loghorn

    Some people don't deserve to be sailors &/or soldiers, or to even serve the U.S. Military.

    Not only have they disgraced themselves, but they also disgraced us Americans.

  • 1

    whiskeysour

    he could have saved himself the trouble by staying in a hotel for the night.

    What an idiot ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

    Demote him back to an E-1, forfeit his pay and give it to the family of the house he entered.

  • -1

    Tyler Vandenberg

    Lawton waited calmly for police at the home, then told them he had mistakenly walked in, thinking it was a friend’s home. His blood alcohol level registered at 0.04, police said. ..................I couldn't find anything about him being passed out and with a .04 thats 2 beers hardly a "drunken" Sailor...... this all just seems like firebaiting to me....

  • 0

    Crazedinjapan

    It's policies and curfews don't stop the few who have deep seated issues. Maybe more screening is needed with the recruitment process

  • 7

    yabits

    Sorry, but here's another aspect to this story that makes the whole thing more idiotic and senseless:

    This guy was serving in a country where public drunkenness is probably excused or tolerated far more than most. It's also a country where, if a foreigner just knows a few key phrases and how to act humbly and contritely -- the operative word being act -- he just as likely would have found the family whose home he stumbled into to have reacted in a completely different way.

    I don't advocate the kind of harsh punishment that others are recommending here. If it's his first bit of trouble, give him restriction and make any other penalties probationary. But, above all, teach him how to apologize in Japanese, and the correct way to offer amends to the family whose space he violated. I believe the odds are he'll come away with a whole new level of respect for the Japanese people.

    If he's a good petty office, let's keep him that way. And let's use the experience to try to build upon rather than tear things apart.

  • 3

    badsey3

    I don't see why petty crime should be headline news and I don't think adding heat to the situation is of any benefit to either party. It only makes the situation more precarious for the people in Okinawa.

    Luckily this situation did not turn out worse. Many excellent knives in Japanese households and Women do know how to use them. The naginata was specifically made for situations like this (home intrusions).

  • -1

    danalawton1@yahoo.com

    John Belushi used to do the same thing often.... and that was in the States in his own neighborhood. I used to live on a busy backstreet near Shibuya.... over a year and a half period my doorbell was rung twice by the same guy thinking it was his house at 3AM in the morning. Luckily I kept the door locked at night but I just laughed it off. I just hope that Japan will soon get rid of all U.S. Servicemen. Then they'll have to find somebody else to blame for things.

  • 1

    humanrights

    @kariharuka- First I would not have my front door open. My point is that if the Police come, why do they punish people so severely in Japan?? In Australia or the US if the house owners don't press charges the guy would just go home with a warning. However in JP the Police can imprison people for 3 weeks simply on suspicion of a crime. Its not a reflection of Democracy at all. That service man made a mistake, it should be left to HIS military owners& Lawyers to deal with that, not the unfair JP court system.

  • 6

    Matthew Simon

    With all of the incidents that have happened lately and with all eyes turned toward the military presence and their actions I am amazed that this is still happening on a weekly basis. Seriously, if they really want an end to this curfew and this relaxed a bit they need to take it easy for a while and let things calm down. Then maybe stories like this will not be front page news. That being said the guy committed a rather small infraction and people around here complain less when a murder is committed and reported on this site. There is a serious imbalance in the way certain stories are handled here to always cast the service person in the worst possible light.

  • 0

    Crazedinjapan

    Humanrights , reason military personel are punished for what they have done off base is because the occurrences are off base therefore the Japanese system should be allowed to deal with it. It would probably raise even more of a public outcry from Japanese residents if the Japanese police didn't have any say in punishing these offenders. We all have to abide by the system that Japan has in place including Japanese people.

    I don't agree with the system of holding people for 21 says either but unfortunately it's still in place but has been called out by the UN for being unfair treatment to suspects or detainees.

    Only way to avoid military or navy personnel being punished off base is to not leave it.

  • 1

    T-Mack

    What is news worthy about another drunk sailor,,,? Send all the navy personnel away...Then send all the marines away, and what do you have...? All Japans problems are solved...? No, China may be a problem that the US navy could put a lid on...Just hang in there!!!

  • 4

    realdoll

    Yabits, you left out that fact that he violated curfew, the no drinking order and then entered the house. He did the first two with malace and the entering the house may have been just because he was wandering drunk.. He disobeyed the curfew and drinking rules on purpose... get it? On purpose and will be kicked out as a result.

    If he was a new guy that was gotten drunk by his seniors and left on the street the your way is understandable, but it wasn't the case.

  • 1

    kaketama

    Yokosuka? bit colse to my home this time. I don't think the rape and the curfew increase the number of these kinds of affairs. It is highly likely that there were the similar or even more number of affairs before the rape. But they did not make headlines like this. What makes this affair news worthy is the previous rape and the curfew, both of which have been done by US military itself. They should exhibit better prescriptive behavior to calm the situation...

  • 3

    Yubaru

    Hm..what is the definition for trespass in Japan? He was pissed and walked into the wrong house by mistake passing out just inside the door..was there any intent to commit any other offence?

    He is lucky it wasnt in the US, he very well could have been shot and killed.

  • -3

    JeffLee

    @mrmalice

    the americans will definitely not give up what is probably their largest base in the pacific region.

    Yes they would. Subic Bay and Clark in the Philippines were the 2 biggest overseas US bases in the world, never mind the Pacific...until the PI government asked the Americans to pack up. The Americans left quickly and quietly.

    The American public and many of their Congressional representatives wouldn't care a whit if the US military pulled out of Japan. The Cold War is over, Japan has been a economic superpower for decades, and the US is in a fiscal bind. American attitudes have changed drastically since the 2000s.

  • -1

    BoredToTears

    Dell_1957, I don't know who you are, or what you've experienced in your life, you don't seem to understand the way the world works. Yes, there are poeple in Japan that want all US Forces out. This minority does not mean the Japanese Government wants that. If you are American you SHOULD understand that not everybody feels the same way on all issues. Take a look at the last few Presidential Elections! You also don't know that Japan pays for facilities on the bases here, and also the Japanese workers that work on these bases. And yes, please do us a favor and leave. You are exactly the type of loser the bases DON'T need.

  • 3

    Michael Zock

    Just let the investigation run its course and if he really was stupid enough to violate the orders without a good reason, make sure his next assignment is somewhere in Alaska.

  • -6

    FPSRussia

    "Let the investigation run its course".

    There in lies the problem. First off this is nothing but a smear campaign. I call it like I see it. Second: Where is due process when the individual has been the subject of public defamation before the sun went down. No trial, no lawyer. The government, police and press should be sued and held responsible for the manner in which they handled this case......but I know that wont happened and we'd lose anyway. It's a racist crooked system.

    This guy is not a loser, he's not an idiot, and he's not plain ol stupid. He was intoxicated and was incoherent at the time of his arrest. It's a sad day when Freedom and civil liberties are curtailed. Americans don't get that out of our system just like that.

    FACT: No society on this planet is without misfits and the vices that lead way to public anarchy.

    It's a smear campaign. Only the expats who are rich wish to see this individual punished so they can maintain business ties. The American government should realistically assess the relationship with Japan. If we sum up the actions of Japan against American citizens you'd realize that Japan is our enemy. Even after Operation Tomodachi.

    This is a new age of Pride for Japan. They are attacking all their neighbors and stepping on their friends. We really should

  • -7

    FPSRussia

    LEAVE

  • 4

    ryukyucajun

    And @FPS Russia. How is it a smear? OK sure he was just intoxicated and made a mistake. OK I'll buy it. Bit what about being drunk off base after curfew. Thats breaking a few orders right there. So no its not innocent he made mistakes and should be punished to the fullest to even include discharge for knowingly disobeying orders.

  • -2

    Mirai Hayashi

    Another one? whats wrong with these people!!??

  • 2

    Xeno23

    I don't know what they are, but I'd be very interested to see statistics on the number of incidents per population of US personnel stationed in Japan - is it especially high for any similar pool, e.g., US personnel stationed in Europe, or elsewhere? What about compared with a similar pool of civilians in various locations? And what of the age group break down? If the incidents are clustered around a particular age group, how does that relate to incidents in that age group in other areas?

    I may be wrong, of course, but my suspicion is that the statistics would show a normal per capita incident rate across all groupings, suggesting that these things happen everywhere at about the same rate, and that US personnel committed incidents are not significantly higher or lower than any other group.

    That says nothing about the politicization of such events, or the actual impact they have on local environments, which are both very important - more so than the mere statistics, but facts are always good.

  • 2

    Wonbatto

    I don't know what they are, but I'd be very interested to see statistics on the number of incidents per population of US personnel stationed in Japan

    A good analysis of this was presented in the Japan Times a few years ago:

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fl20080226zg.html

    It doesn't include comparisons with other regions though.

  • 5

    azzy1212

    I've been stationed here close to ten years, and I know I speak for no one but myself on this, but I love it here in every regard. I do wish that people would adhere to the rules and, more to the point, act like Adult human beings capable of respecting the host countries citizens. At least enough to not be passing out drunk in someone else's house or breaking into a house and punching a sleeping kid. Heaven forbid rape and other very serious crimes. It's almost impossible, but please don't judge us all for these events. There are some great people who love it here for all the right reasons.

  • 1

    Xeno23

    Thanks for that, Wonbatto (nice handle btw, wombats are cool). It's interesting to consider that, despite the media attention, it does well to remember that these personnel are from an inherently more disciplined sub-sector of society; the military. If the statistics noted here are correct, and still apply, then seeing a rate of half the normal suggests this discipline does have an effect.

    Nevertheless, the discomfort of the host society over those incidents that do occur cannot be dismissed simply because statistics suggest it's not as big a problem as may be touted; if it is perceived as a problem, it is a problem. The question then becomes can we actually do anything about it? It may well be that we cannot do more than minimize it as much as possible, but at some point, there will be diminishing returns on efforts.

  • -1

    Tiger_In_The_Hermitage

    There is a new base coming up in Philippines on American request, hence the Americans are very much interested in Asia as they want to suppress the rise of China. America wants to cling onto their number 1 place in the world, they have the most sophisticated weapons of mass distruction than anyone else. So dare not to challenge America is the general message.

  • 3

    Wonbatto

    There is a new base coming up in Philippines on American request

    What you're leaving out is that the Philippine government is asking the US to return at least some of its former military presence. The decision to end the US military presence in the Philippines was complex, but in the end it came down to the PI deciding that it was no longer in its national interest to continue hosting such a presence. Now, 20 years later, the government is reevaluating and partially reversing that policy, again presumably because it's in their national interests. That's more or less how international relations work...

  • 4

    Carbonryda

    You don't put a countries regional stability at risk just because of a few servicemembers do not know how to act. Some people act as if they were forced to come to Japan and are now being detained here. Most servicemembers & dependent families volunteered to come overseas. If you do not want to be in the country of Japan, just walk into your Commanders office and tell him or her that you want to curtail the rest of your assignment. If your dependents are unhappy with staying in Japan, just submit "early return dependent" package and route it for processing. It might negatively impact your career, but you can be easily replaced. People make mistakes like this because they go out without a plan and don't understand the real reason why they are within this region.

  • 1

    Wonbatto

    the discomfort of the host society over those incidents that do occur cannot be dismissed simply because statistics suggest it's not as big a problem as may be touted; if it is perceived as a problem, it is a problem.

    You're definitely right about that. The purpose of the US-Japan Mutual Security Alliance is, for Japan's part, to ensure Japan's security and other national interests. If people begin to think that they have more to fear from troops stationed there than from any existential threat from without, then maintaining the Alliance in its current form becomes a hard sell. The statistics don't bear this out, but it's rare that a matter of public policy that get decided based on real data and prudent interpretations of it.

    I don't think we can simply compare crime statistics to the general population because military members (like others in a position of public trust - police, judges, etc.) do need to be held to higher standards. But if we accept that a zero incident rate is impossible for any sizable population, where do we draw the line?

    While I do think that this incident is even more overblown than others that have made it into the media as of late, there do need to be consequences. Walking into a house mistakenly sounds like a vaguely plausible mistake (if a very stupid one given the current climate) but this sailor was out after curfew intoxicated. It doesn't matter how seemingly minor the infraction is, he was at fault and there are some in this country who will use the incident to bolster political claims.

    Just as a counterexample, I travel frequently for my job to do business and represent my company in other countries around Asia. If anything I did (through my own fault) resulted in negative press for my company, regardless of how disproportionate or biased the coverage was, I wouldn't expect to have my job for much longer. I know this counterexample isn't a great comparison - my company isn't the military and my job isn't like his. But if this guy didn't know that wandering outside after curfew and intoxicated has the potential to create an international incident, is this someone the military still wants around? I agree, it's not fair, and harsh punishment doesn't seem warranted for the seemingly minor infraction. But every incident that gets widely reported further undermines an arrangement that both the US and Japan consider relevant to their national interests.

  • 0

    RaggedyRose

    I agree that he is an idiot for disobeying orders and was out drunk but I am so amazed that he would be arrested for "trespassing" when all mentioned was that he went to the home thinking his friends lived there...doesn't mention that he went into the home...broke into the home...refuse to leave when he found out it was a mistake etc. Sheesh...hospitality here is very strange. In all...I am so glad no one was really hurt.

  • 1

    Jeff Ogrisseg

    @whiskeysour

    he could have saved himself the trouble by staying in a hotel for the night.

    You've never been to Yokosuka obviously. For a PO2, there are no rooms on a weekend night.

  • 3

    Yubaru

    treaty or no treaty....all Japan has to do is tell the US to pull out, what's the US going to do?...sue them? If Japan tells the US to leave what can the US do?, nothing, pack up and leave.......that would be awesome!

    Only someone either with their head in the sand would actually think that Japan, in the current Asian climate, would tell the US to pack up and leave. Besides that if you ever took a look at the security agreement (hypothetically speaking here) IF Japan ever decided to ask the US to leave, the US would have one year to move out.

  • 2

    Fadamor

    I'm amazed that the residents would allow a stranger to just walk into their house. Haven't the Japanese learned about door locks, yet? That doesn't excuse the sailor, though. He knew when the curfew was and he knew when he should have stopped drinking alcohol. He exceeded both points in time.

  • -4

    letsberealistic

    This is news because....?

  • -2

    gjn48kawaii

    Stay classy, armed forces.

  • -1

    humanrights

    Its exactly the problem the curfew creates. The Sailors are desperate to go indoors to observe the rule, they just cant remember where home is. haha

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    megosaa

    yosunJAN. 13, 2013 - 04:03PM JST It's nothing to do with stragedy, but a problem of bad discipline!

    don't bother with this one. they will blame it on that one guy but admit it's not the fault of the system.

    one simple rule that cannot be adhered, a simple rule like that.

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    @dell_1957

    Again, the simplest solution is to send us all back to the states and you can defend yourselves.

    Simplest for Japan, but not for US who then would have a huge number of servicemen/women that they need to add to the unemployment list. But then again is it cheaper to just give them unemployment benefits or to pay them a salary that is ultimately subsidised by Japanese tax payers? Honestly don't know the answer to that one.

    @FPSRussia

    This guy is not a loser, he's not an idiot, and he's not plain ol stupid. He was intoxicated and was incoherent at the time of his arrest.

    He was drunk, in the wrong place, and disobeying curfew orders - these are just simple facts that have been reported in the same way that any other "incident" gets reported in mass media. It would be nice to think he is "special", but he really is just a guy that needs a wake up call. Guarantee you that he just gets a slap on the wrist (which is no more than he deserves). Smear conspiracy?

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    lwsydney

    People in the military who have nothing else to do, will get drunk and cause problems. Key phrase there is NOTHING TO DO. So leave. geez.

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    People in the military who have nothing else to do, will get drunk and cause problems. Key phrase there is NOTHING TO DO. So leave. geez.

    Guess what, they don't work 24x7 like you do.

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    Wendy Serafico

    Nobody's perfect! People do bad things and people do good things... What if japanese people have their base in other countries and having thousands of japanese military too.. Are they that so perfect not to do any crimes? It sure they did coz nobody is perfect! I dont know why people like that faulth of 2,3,4 or 5 people but their mouth is like so big judging people like a whole! How about other thousands of US military that they're not doing anything wrong?! I wonder y is like that feeling like there is some discrimination going on.

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