Wednesday, October 9, 2013

U.S. agrees to keep Japanese victims of military crimes informed | The Japan Times

Tokyo and Washington have agreed to disclose U.S. court proceedings to victims of crimes allegedly committed in Japan by U.S. forces personnel, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Tuesday.

Under the new rule, which was agreed to last Friday during a meeting of the Japan-U.S. Joint Committee, the United States will inform Japan of details in court rulings before they are finalized.

Japan will also be informed of disciplinary action taken by the U.S. military. The information will be passed on to victims and their families upon their request.

Currently, only finalized court rulings have been passed on to the Japanese government, and the U.S. has to agree before the victims and their kin can be informed.

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Comment: This is a tricky situation that has all sorts of privacy issues associated with it. But, I guess it's all moot because the U.S. no longer respects the rule of law anyway....

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