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General: Most military do the right thing

Oct. 25, 2012 at 10:40 AM   |   Comments

CAMP FOSTER, Japan, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- The few U.S. service members responsible for committing crimes in Japan will be held accountable, the top U.S. general in Japan said Thursday.

Lt. Gen. Kenneth J. Glueck III referenced the recent rape of a Japanese woman allegedly by two U.S. sailors in telling an assemblage of Marines and sailors that "99.9 percent of them do what is right," Stars and Stripes reported.

Glueck, commander of the III Marine Expeditionary Force and Marine Corps Bases Japan, addressed about 1,000 U.S. service members at Camp Foster in Okinawa as part of core values training ordered for all military personnel in the country in the aftermath of the assault.

Those that violate those core values, he said, "will be made accountable."

The current "Liberty Card" program has been effective in reducing incidents to the lowest level in 10 years, he said, adding the military's goal is "zero defect."

Two U.S. naval reservists on temporary duty in Japan have been arrested in the sexual assault, which has added to tensions on the island caused by deployment of MV-22 Osprey aircraft.

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