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Japan Investigating Alleged Rape by GI

June 12, 2003

TOKYO (AP) _ Japanese authorities are investigating an alleged rape committed by a U.S. soldier on the southern island of Okinawa, the U.S. military said Thursday.

The attack allegedly took place around 3:30 a.m. on May 25 in the town of Kin, according to a statement released by the Marines at Camp S.D. Butler.

``The type of behavior alleged is completely unacceptable,″ Lt. Gen. Wallace C. Gregson said in the statement. ``We will assist the authorities as much as possible.″

Okinawa police officer Hirokazu Oyakawa declined comment, saying investigations were underway. No charges had been filed.

Japanese media reported that Okinawa police were questioning a 21-year-old U.S. Marine lance corporal on a voluntary basis.

The alleged victim was a 19-year-old woman, the Kyodo news agency said.

Okinawa, about 1,000 miles southwest of Tokyo, is home to more than half of the 47,000 U.S. troops stationed in Japan.

The handling of military suspects has long been a sensitive issue on Okinawa. In 1995, the rape of a local schoolgirl by three U.S. servicemen caused an uproar on the island.

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