February 12th, 2014, in Naha, Okinawa, Japan, a vehicle believed to carry U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy drove past people protesting against U.S. military bases. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)
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February 9, 2014:
The Associated Press obtained more than 1,000 summaries of sex-crime cases involving U.S. military personnel stationed in Japan, following Freedom of Information Act requests filed with the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and NCIS.
More than 600 of the documents come from the NCIS, which investigates Navy and Marine Corps cases. They cover allegations of sex crimes filed between mid-2005 and early 2013. More than 400 additional documents came from the Air Force, (covering cases from 2005 to 2010), the Army (2006-12), the Marines (2009-12) and the Navy (2011-2013).
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[The percentage] of sexual assault cases taken to courts martial has grown steadily – from 42% in 2009 to 68% in 2012, according to DOD figures. In 2012, of the 238 service members convicted, 74% served time.
That trend is not reflected in the Japan cases. Out of 473 sexual assault allegations within navy and marine corps units, just 116, or 24%, ended up in courts martial.
“Sexual assaults by US military in Japan unlikely to end in prison" February 9, 2014, Associated Press in Tokyo via The Guardian
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