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CHOCO
Dec 19th, 2002, 08:35 PM
U.S. hands over Marine indicted for attempted rape in Okinawa


Thursday, December 19, 2002 at 18:30 JST
NAHA The U.S. government handed over a U.S. Marine Corps major to Japanese authorities Thursday after he was indicted by Japanese public prosecutors the same day on charges of attempting to rape a Philippine woman in Okinawa Prefecture last month.

Earlier in the day, the Naha District Public Prosecutors Office requested the Naha District Court issue a warrant to place Major Michael Brown, 39, under the custody of Japanese authorities.

Brown has denied attempting to rape the woman but has admitted he was with her early Nov. 2 when the incident allegedly took place.

On Dec 4, he voluntarily submitted himself to four and a half hours of questioning by the Okinawa prefectural police. On Dec 5, the U.S. government rejected Japan's request to hand him over before indictment.

The Japan-U.S. Status of Forces Agreement does not require the United States to hand over military personnel accused of crimes unless they are indicted.

But the 1995 rape of a 12-year-old girl by three U.S. servicemen in Okinawa prompted a review of the accord and the U.S. agreed to give "sympathetic consideration" to the handover of suspects in serious crimes.

On Dec 9, local police sent papers to the prosecutors on Brown, who is based at Camp Courtney in Gushikawa, on suspicion of trying to rape the woman and destroying her cellular phone Nov 2, giving up their attempts to serve an arrest warrant obtained Dec 3.

The police said Brown told Japanese investigators the woman asked him to have sex with her.

According to police investigations, Brown, who had been drinking at the base on Nov 2, asked the woman, who he had met that day, to drive him in her car to his home off base.

The police said that shortly after they left, he told her to park on a deserted road and attempted to rape her.

They said the woman fought back and fled from the vehicle, but returned after a while, and that Brown again attempted to rape her.

At that point, Brown destroyed the woman's cell phone in an effort to prevent her from reporting the incident, the police said.

But the woman reported the incident to the U.S. military police, who then informed the Okinawa prefectural police. (Kyodo News)


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Yep. Who Didn't Expect This?
TheShading (Dec 19 2002 - 23:20)

Let's see... He was accused by some Filippina whose known for making offers to anything in a Uniform and he has denied the charges.

Yep. In the Japanese court system, that's enough for a conviction. He's "gaijin", so he must be guilty. Now, if they could just get him to fall down while he's in custody, that would be enough evidence to convict him of attempting to damage a Japanese floor mat and they could sentence him to life. What a joke this is. This must be so embarrassing to the Japanese. I understand that they have their own version of the N.O.W. gang over there that's going to pay her for TV appearances as well. Talk about losing face. This Japanese womens' organization has to stoop to putting people like this Filippina in the spotlight to advance their cause.

Well, at least they have something in common with the U.S. After all, our N.O.W. gang does stupid things like this every day. Of course, the end result is that anyone who had any respect for women before will just turn their backs on this group now and the womens' causes in Japan will be set back 50 years. It serves them right for backing the Filippina before knowing the facts of this case.


What the Reporters Need to Know
TheShading (Dec 20 2002 - 01:03)

I want to see the Reporters cast some light on this accuser, Victoria Nakashima, who works at Pretzels, Camp Courtney's O'Club. They should also talk to Rich, the manager of the O'Club, the guy who told Victoria to give Major Brown a ride. It would be so easy to show the lies in her story. He never asked for a ride. She offered it to him twice! She states they'd never met and that's a lie, too. The only reason he accepted the second time is because he was cold, he had a long way to walk, and he knew her.

While they're at it, reporters should talk to the gate guards who know that she frequently picks up Marines for "rides". Some behavior for a married women with a boyfriend. Why aren't these facts in the press? They were easy enough for me to find out.

Someone should also talk to that Womens' Organization and find out how much they're paying her and how many TV appearances they have her scheduled for.

We really need some light on her story so that everyone knows the truth here.

If an American Serviceman does do something criminal, then he should be punished. But this case definitely does not fall into that category. Once the Japanese people figure that out, they'll understand why Americans are so mad about it.

If they don't figure this out soon, they'll find that it will backfire on them and they will lose face with America. That will really put a damper on any progress they've made with their offers for support in the War on Terrorism. This will also convince America to change the SoFA, but not the way the Japanese will like. Americans will insist on more control over Americans throughout the trial process and won't turnover future servicemen after indictment, no matter how serious the alleged crime. In the end, continued persecution of this Marine will be very bad for Japanese Foreign Policy and it will be especially embarrassing for that Womens' Organization.


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tenjyotenge (Dec 20 2002 - 01:14)

"Let's see... He was accused by some Filippina whose known for making offers to anything in a Uniform and he has denied the charges."

Firstly, the identity of the victim is undisclosed. Secondly, it doesn't matter whether the victim is from the Phillipines or Philidelphia. Furthermore, if you in any way assume that people "known for making offers to anything in a Uniform" do not have the legal right to be protected, you are crazy.

"Yep. In the Japanese court system, that's enough for a conviction. He's "gaijin", so he must be guilty."

A conviction can only be a result of a court process. Using the gaijin card again? I remind you that the accuser is a foreign national as well.

"Now, if they could just get him to fall down while he's in custody, that would be enough evidence to convict him of attempting to damage a Japanese floor mat and they could sentence him to life."

Life sentence for destroying a floor mat? Great, we could put all those Marines in Okinawa in jail then. The issue is attempted rape, however.

"What a joke this is. This must be so embarrassing to the Japanese."

Yes, it is embarrassing that we have Marines in Okinawa and a lot of people continue to suffer from such harsh realities.

"I understand that they have their own version of the N.O.W. gang over there that's going to pay her for TV appearances as well."

No, fortunately or unfortunately, there is no such thing as a N.O.W. in Japan, at least nothing comparable to their financial and political power. I'm sure you know what the first letter "N" stands for. Also, you must be confusing the attempted rape victim with Anita. I strongly doubt that a rape victim will appear on TV before/during/after a court trial, if at all. I also question your source. In your mind are all Filipino women prostitutes?

"Talk about losing face. This Japanese womens' organization has to stoop to putting people like this Filippina in the spotlight to advance their cause."

The victim is not in the spotlight because her identity is closely protected. And what is "their cause?" If it's protecting women from being raped in this country, there is nothing wrong with it.

"Of course, the end result is that anyone who had any respect for women before will just turn their backs on this group now and the womens' causes in Japan will be set back 50 years."

For starters you should at least identify the group(s) before accusing it/them with anything. Secondly, American politics is American politics. This is Japan. Fortunately or unfortunately, there is no such visible political force. Thirdly, people who truly advocate women's rights to do not get turned on or off by what individual groups do or say. It is a consistent political/social belief.

Fourthly, if you read Japanese papers or watch Japanese TV, you'll know that this case against the Marine Major has nothing much do with the limited women's rights organizations we have in this country. I remind you that the victim's identity is undisclosed.

"It serves them right for backing the Filippina before knowing the facts of this case."

And it serves you greatly to not assume things so easily. You have conveniently assumed that she is a prostitute because she is from the Philipines. You have implied that prostitutes do not have the right to be protected by law.

You have also assumed that women's rights groups in this country are going to pay for her TV appearance. You have assumed that this incident is a major issue in Japanese media, at least enough for the victim to be in the "spotlight." Finally, you have assumed that there is such a national-level women's rights groups in this country with such political, financial, and social clout.

Too many assumptions.


Crossing the line
tenjyotenge (Dec 20 2002 - 01:59)

"I want to see the Reporters cast some light on this accuser, Victoria Nakashima, who works at Pretzels, Camp Courtney's O'Club. They should also talk to Rich, the manager of the O'Club, the guy who told Victoria to give Major Brown a ride."

Sounds like you live in the same circle as the accused, assuming that you are accurately identifying the victim and the place she works. The police through out the world do their best to protect personal information on victims of (attempted) rape crimes for a reason. It's truly unfortunate that you don't understand the reasons behind such effort.
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""Why aren't these facts in the press? They were easy enough for me to find out.""

The same reasons why the police do not disclose personal information on (attempted) rape victims. However, you only have partial information probably from gossip within barracks. There is a reason why court systems exist around the world. The accused as well as the accuser have equal opportunity to present their side of the story.

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"While they're at it, reporters should talk to the gate guards who know that she frequently picks up Marines for "rides". Some behavior for a married women with a boyfriend."

Even if what you say has any truth in it, her "rides" have nothing to do with whether the accused Major attempted to rape her or not on that particular time and place. What you're trying to do is called character assasination.

Fortunately, courts are only interested in the merits of the case. Thus, you can try to paint her as a prostitute--working out of the O club for American officers--, you can paint her as commonly having extra-marital affairs, etc...but all of that have nothing to do with the merits of the case.

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"Someone should also talk to that Womens' Organization and find out how much they're paying her and how many TV appearances they have her scheduled for"

Again, the above has nothing to do with the merits of the case. She has the freedom to do what she wishes within the confines of law. I respectfually ask again which organization, which TV program, and what is your source to make such statement.

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"If an American Serviceman does do something criminal, then he should be punished. But this case definitely does not fall into that category."

That is for the court to determine, not you, me, or anyone else.

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"If they don't figure this out soon, they'll find that it will backfire on them and they will lose face with America. That will really put a damper on any progress they've made with their offers for support in the War on Terrorism."

"In the end, continued persecution of this Marine will be very bad for Japanese Foreign Policy and it will be especially embarrassing for that Womens' Organization."

Gee, we should ignore women who accuse American soldiers for attempted rape to show our support to the US "War on Terrorism." Losing face with America? That's really funny. It's really none of our fault or god damn business why Americans are hated so much around the world to have their embassies, warhips, or cities attacked. It's your friggen war that you guys brought upon yourselves.

I'm rather surprised. If you in any way believe that there is a political resolution to a legal case, you should learn what democracy means. Gee, since when did foreign policy decide the outcome of rape trials? Didn't they teach you anything in boot camp?


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nasty nick#2
Dec 19th, 2002, 09:26 PM
Marine, U.S. servicemen, what the fuck, don't they have any pride? Hearing all these ppl going abroad and behaving like animals makes me pissed. I hope they get excecuted or something cause they have defenitely not been doing what they were suppost to.

CHOCO
Dec 19th, 2002, 11:06 PM
Nick I agree with you completely. :)

CHOCO
Dec 20th, 2002, 02:12 AM
First Korea and now Japan, when will this type of crap stop. :(