Us Japan Special Measures Agreement

argued that the extraterritoriality granted to its military members under SOFA is necessary to grant them the same rights as those of the U.S. criminal justice system. However, since the okinawa rape incident in 1995, the United States has agreed to consider surrendering suspects in serious cases, such as rape and murder, before being charged. [8] On January 16, 2017, Japan and the United States signed “a supplementary agreement limiting and clarifying the definition of the civilian component protected by the status-of-forces agreement.” [9] [10] This agreement was reached after the rape and murder of an Okinawan woman in 2016, allegedly by a civilian contractor employed at the U.S. Kadena Air Force Base in Okinawa Prefecture. . . .