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    TOKYO — Hoping to prevent outrage here from harming ties with Tokyo, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice expressed deep regret on Wednesday over a case in which an American marine is accused of raping a 14-year-old Japanese girl. Ms. Rice stopped in Tokyo on the final leg of an Asian trip intended to find ways to contain North Korea’s nuclear program. On the trip, she also visited South Korea and China, where she ordered her top Asia adviser, Assistant Secretary of State Christopher R. Hill, to remain to study China’s new proposals on the North Korea issue.
    But in Japan, she spent much of her time trying to control diplomatic damage from the rape case and other more minor incidents on the island of Okinawa, where most of the 50,000 American military personnel here are based. Tokyo is a major ally in Washington’s bid to persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear ambitions.
    While the marine, Staff Sgt. Tyrone Luther Hadnott, 38, has denied raping the girl, the case has inflamed anger here at the American military presence. It has also revived bitter memories of the 1995 rape of a 12-year-old girl by three American servicemen in Okinawa, which set off huge protests and forced Washington to consider relocating some of its forces on the island.
    “We certainly hope that there will not be lasting effects; it’s a longstanding and strong alliance,” Ms. Rice told reporters. “Our concern right now is to see that justice is done, to get to the bottom of it, and our concern is for the girl and her family. We really, really deeply regret it.”
    Japan’s prime minister, Yasuo Fukuda, has called the episode “unforgivable” and demanded tighter military discipline. The United States responded by restricting military personnel and their families in Japan to bases, homes and workplaces.
    On Wednesday, Japan’s foreign minister, Masahiko Komura, said the case had hurt ties, but also sounded a conciliatory note by saying that improving relations with Washington was in the interest of both countries.
    During her visit here, Ms. Rice met with Mr. Fukuda, Mr. Komura and Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba, promising that the United States would do everything possible to prevent such episodes from happening again.
    Speaking about her overall trip to Asia, Ms. Rice said that there had been promising new developments on the North Korean issue, including the Chinese proposals, the details of which she did not disclose.
    Her visit also coincided with the New York Philharmonic’s performance in the North Korean capital on Tuesday, the first such cultural exchange between the longtime foes.
    Ms. Rice called the Philharmonic’s North Korea visit “a good thing.” “But I don’t think anyone should overestimate the impact on the politics of North Korea,” she said.




    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/28/wo...28rice.html?hp
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    I don't understand why these soldiers want to rape girls in Japan. Can't they just pay prostitutes? Most Japanese women I know age well, and a 20 year old prozzie could dress like a 14 year old, and NOT suffer the same way an actual child would.
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