sailor who robbed and beated severely the Japanese woman , is in fact expressing in his way the American message of freedom and human rights, as his colleagues did in Abu-Ghraib and Guantanamo. Human rights are declining sharply in U.S., particularly this week , when Bush signed an approved of suspects torture and abuse for the past, today, and the future !!
Associated France Press (AP)21/10/2006
Japanese family sues over death
TOKYO - The family of a Japanese woman robbed and beaten to death by an American sailor filed a lawsuit Friday against the attacker and the Japanese government, a court official said.
The family of Yoshie Sato is demanding that William Reese, as well as the Japanese government, pay more than $1.69 million in damages, Yokohama District Court spokesman Kazutaka Kutsumizu said.
Reese, from Pittsgrove, N.J., was convicted in June of robbing and fatally beating the 56-year-old woman near the U.S. Navy base in Yokosuka, southwest of Tokyo, in January. He is serving a life sentence.
Reese held the rank of seaman at the time of the killing, which rekindled lingering concerns over crimes related to the roughly 50,000 U.S. troops stationed in Japan.
Kutsumizu refused to provide any other details about the lawsuit. The Japanese newspaper Mainichi said that the family is seeking damages from the Japanese government for failing to urge the U.S. military to properly train American servicemen.
Anti-U.S. military sentiment runs high among neighbors of U.S. bases in Japan, especially in the southern Japanese island of Okinawa, which shoulders more than half of the U.S. troops here. The 1995 rape of a schoolgirl in Okinawa by three U.S. servicemen triggered large protests.