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TOKYO (AP) - The commander of the U.S. forces in Japan says American military personnel will be subject to a curfew and other restrictions following allegations two U.S. sailors raped a woman in Okinawa.
    
Lt. Gen. Salvatore Angelella gave no specific details about the curfew. He said Friday that U.S. military personnel in Japan will have to take "core values training." The military's liberty policy is also under review.
    
Angellela says American military personnel are "held to a higher standard." He apologized for the case, which drew protests from the Japanese government and an outcry on Okinawa, host to more than half the U.S. bases in Japan.
    
Seaman Christopher Browning of Athens, Texas, and Petty Officer 3rd Class Skyler Dozierwalker of Muskogee, Okla., were in Okinawa on a brief stopover. Both are 23.


USFJ Statement of Off-Installation curfew and training:

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan – Lt. Gen. Sam Angelella, Commander, U.S. Forces, Japan, released the following statement on the new General Order regarding the initiation of a USFJ Off-Installation Curfew and Training period:

"It is an honor and privilege for me to serve as Commander US Forces, Japan. In the military we are held to a higher standard because of the trust and responsibility that we are given.

I want to personally apologize for the grief and trauma the victim has endured and the anger it has caused among people in Okinawa. Under US PACOM Commander authority, I am immediately issuing a curfew to all military personnel in Japan, both temporary and assigned. In addition, core value retraining for military and SOFA civilians will be conducted by subordinate commanders and a review of the USFJ liberty policy will be executed over the coming days and weeks. Additional program details will follow.

Japan is one of our greatest allies, most trusted partners, and is the cornerstone of peace and stability in the Pacific region. We will continue to do all we can to ensure the U.S.-Japan relationship remains strong."

U.S. Ambassador to Japan John V. Roos Statement to the Media at the U.S. Embassy:

Let me start by thanking all of you for taking for taking the time to be here today. 

At the outset, let me say that the United States-Japan relationship is of vital – and let me repeat, vital – importance to both of our countries.  The friendship between our people, and the security alliance that has been built up over the past fifty-plus years, is something that my government and my country value deeply.  We have no stronger friend or partner in the world than Japan, and I, as well as so many others, work every day – and will continue to work every day – to make sure that this partnership remains strong and successful.

A critical element of our bilateral relationship is the trust that has been established between our two people.  This trust has been built up over decades – by Japanese living, studying, and working in America, and becoming part of their American communities.  It has been built up by American students coming to Japan to learn more about this amazing country; by young teachers bringing their skills and enthusiasm to cities and towns all across Japan; by American businesspeople working side-by-side with Japanese businesspeople on a daily basis; and by the American men and women who wear the uniform of our armed forces, who are stationed here in Japan and who are charged with the defense of the country and keeping the region peaceful and secure for us all.  All of these Americans have an important responsibility to create and sustain a relationship of trust.

When that trust is damaged, it is a loss for us all.  That is why I wanted to speak to you here today.  It is an understatement to say that the recent reports of serious misconduct by two United States servicemembers in Okinawa are of great concern to me and to my entire government.  Both here in Japan and in Washington, American officials at the highest levels are taking these reports with the utmost seriousness.  Over the past two days, I have met with Japanese officials here in Tokyo, including Minister Morimoto of the Ministry of Defense, Minister Kira of the Foreign Ministry, and Governor Nakaima of Okinawa, and I told them in no uncertain terms that the United States would cooperate in every way possible with the Japanese authorities to address this terrible situation.  I told them that we would work our hearts out to merit the trust of the people of Okinawa and the people of Japan as a whole.

If I may, let me repeat something I said a few days ago at the Foreign Ministry.   On a personal level, I would like to reiterate this message to the Okinawan people and to the people of Japan as a whole:  I understand the anger that many people feel with respect to this reported incident.  I wouldn't be honest with you if I didn't tell you that I share some of this anger.  I have a 25-year-old daughter myself, so this is very personal to me.  And I can tell you that all of our civilian and military leaders share my feelings.  And they share my unequivocal commitment to positive action going forward.

We are here today, the General and me, to announce additional measures by our military here in Japan which General Angelella, the Commander of U.S. Forces, Japan, will comment on in just a moment.  But let me say, and let me end by once again saying, that we will cooperate fully and completely with the Japanese authorities.  We will put forward every effort to make sure that incidents like this do not happen.  And we will continue to work every day to strengthen and expand the critically important relationship and deep friendship between our two great nations.

Thank you very much. 

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