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Off-base drinking ban for US troops in Okinawa

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US troops in Okinawa, southern Japan, have been banned from drinking off base, a US military statement said, following a spate of crimes including the alleged rape of a local woman. 

Civic group members protest over the alleged rape of a local woman by two US servicemen in Okinawa, in front of the prime minister's residence in Tokyo on October 17. US troops in Okinawa, southern Japan, have been banned from drinking off base, a US military statement said, following a spate of crimes.

The move is the latest clampdown by military commanders on their sometimes rowdy charges as they look to contain seething anger in their host community.

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