Tuesday, February 12, 2013

OneWayJapan News: Japan Police Arrested US Airman In Okinawa After Drunk Car Accident


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Japanese police said Eric Simmons, 41 years old, has been arrested, after he caused an accident followed by a traffic pileup while driving with about six times the legal amount of alcohol in his system.

The 41-year-old airman is stationed at the Kadena base of the US Air Force in central Okinawa.

Over the past few months, several US soldiers stationed in Japan have been arrested for misconducts and defying a night-time curfew imposed by the US military after two US soldiers allegedly raped a Japanese woman in Okinawa on October 16, 2012.

Last Week

Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima criticized the U.S. military last Friday after a water bottle dropped out of an Osprey that took off from U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma on Tuesday.

The incident was serious because someone could have been injured or killed. Ken Kohagura, a prefectural official in charge of issues related to the U.S. bases Okinawa hosts, explained that the incident was caused by human error, adding that U.S. forces are making every effort to prevent similar mishaps, yet he added that the U.S. military should not cause a burden or emotional pain on Okinawa residents.

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