CHATAN, Okinawa Prefecture–In the latest in a series of incidents that have heightened tensions, a U.S. airman has been arrested on suspicion of drunk driving after his car collided with another vehicle, Okinawa prefectural police said July 24.

According to police, Senior Airman Joren William Ladd, 22, who is based at U.S. Kadena Air Base, is accused of driving while intoxicated near an intersection on a national road here around 10:15 p.m. on July 23.

He crashed into an idling car, which had stopped to let pedestrians cross the road, and a breath test showed he was more than five times over the legal alcohol limit.

Police said Ladd has admitted to drunk driving.

Source: U.S. serviceman arrested for drunk driving in Okinawa:The Asahi Shimbun

The top U.S. Marine general in Japan said orientation sessions for new recruits will be reviewed after it was found they contained derogatory statements about Okinawans.

Source: U.S. to review Okinawa training procedures after report reveals sessions downplayed military crimes, disparaged locals | The Japan Times

This article showed up on my feed but was then promptly deleted. Looking for an archive:

Okinawa: US Marines Corps Training Lectures Denigrate Local Residents, Hide Military Crimes

Obtained under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, the documents consist of scripts and slides for “Okinawa Cultural Awareness Training” (OCAT), the orientation lectures given to new arrivals to the island.

NewComerTraining This is a PDF of the original article.

Linked documentation is here:  http://www.jonmitchellinjapan.com/usmc-ocat-lectures.html

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An Okinawan father wants the death penalty for a U.S. civilian base worker charged in his daughter’s slaying.

Source: Father of Okinawa homicide victim wants execution for US base worker – News – Stripes

A U.S. Navy sailor was sentenced Friday to 2½ years in prison for raping a Japanese tourist in Okinawa, the southern island that is home to about half of the 50,000 U.S. troops in Japan.

Source: U.S. Navy Sailor Gets 30-Month Sentence for Okinawa Rape

The statement made to the Naha District Court by Kenneth Franklin Shinzato, accused of raping and killing Rina Shimabukuro, a 20-year-old Okinawa woman. Gadson Page 1Gadson Page 2

Source: Kenneth Franklin Shinzato statement

I’m sorry, but Kennith Gadson gets no sympathy from me.   “Poor me!  I wasn’t feeling well and life’s not fair!”  Fuck this guy.

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A U.S. airman was taken into custody after being pulled over for driving erratically and failing a Breathalyzer test, according to police in Okinawa City.

Source: Airman arrested for possible DUI on Okinawa – News – Stripes

A U.S. military contractor charged with raping and killing a 20-year-old woman in Japan has asked that his trial be moved outside Okinawa, saying he may not receive a fair trial on the southern island where the case has received extensive media coverage and opposition to U.S. bases is high, his lawyer said Wednesday.

Source: US military worker wants his murder trial moved off Okinawa – Fredericksburg.com: News-wire

He’s afraid he won’t get a fair trial?  I’m sorry but was it fair to the girl you murdered?  He has already admitted to the crimes, I’m not sure he’s got much of a chance here.

In Japan, we have a 99% conviction rate.  They don’t charge you unless they have an airtight case.

I have no sympathy.  I just wish the press would start using his real name  Kenneth Gadson instead of his “assumed” name of Shinzato.   Talk about messing with his wife’s family even more.  I’m sure they hate even being associated with him.

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Ex-Marine was earlier charged for allegedly disposing of victim’s body in a series of crimes that has sparked protests.

Source: Ex-US marine charged with rape, murder of Okinawa woman – News from Al Jazeera

After considering recent events that have been happening on Okinawa, we’ve decided to come back online and start updating again.  Send us your updates as well as pictures and offenses to yplatehater@yplatehater.com

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