Media reports say that the number of sexual assaults by US military personnel in Japan is spiraling.
Based on the reports, American military personnel were involved in more than one-thousand sex crimes between 2005 and 2013. The number is strikingly high on the island of Okinawa. Around half of the 50000 US forces in Japan are based on the island. Sex crimes against Okinawans have provoked protests against the US military presence there. Reports also say that the judgment process of these crime cases is very inconsistent. The cases are usually reduced to lesser charges and in nearly two thirds of the cases the convicts have not been incarcerated. Instead, they’ve been demoted or received a letter of reprimand.