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U.S. servicemen arrested for public indecency

Case Conclusion Date: 12.07.2012

Practice Area: Military law

Outcome: Article 15, nonjudicial punishment

Description: U.S. servicemen arrested for public indecency; client makes formal apology (An apology is considered a virtue in Japan. Apologies show that a person takes responsibility and avoids blaming others. When one apologizes and shows one’s remorse, the Japanese are more willing to forgive); Japanese Prosecution suspended for sailor accused of nudity in cafe (and jurisdiction ceded to the U.S. under the SOFA). Case disposed of at Captain’s Mast (Article. 15). Recommendation for administrative separation pending.

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