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U.S. crimes reach nearly 7,000

The number of crimes committed in Japan by U.S. military personnel between 1973 and 2004 was 6,933, 18 crimes a month on average, according to the National Police Agency's document disclosed at the request of Akamine Seiken, a Japanese Communist Party member of the House of Representatives.

Serious crimes such as homicide (34 cases), robbery (441 cases), arson (36), and rapes (172 cases) account for 10 percent of the U.S. crimes.

Sexual assaults on women include a case in which a U.S. serviceman forcibly brought a 19-year-old girl into his car to unleash sexual violence causing injuries to her body on late January 17 this year in Sasebo City, Nagasaki Prefecture.

The National Police Agency said that the exact number of U.S. crimes committed before 1973 is not available. -- Akahata, July 19, 2005

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