Japan MSDF petty officer accused in rape of school girl

Nobuhiro Yamamoto allegedly raped a middle school student inside a van after luring her off the street

Nobuhiro Yamamoto
Nobuhiro Yamamoto

KANAGAWA (TR) – Kanagawa Prefectural Police on Monday announced the re-arrest of a 36-year-old member of the Maritime Self-Defense Forces suspected in multiple sexual assaults over the alleged rape of a middle school girl two years ago, reports the Asahi Shimbun (June 27).

In October of 2014, Nobuhiro Yamamoto, a petty officer third class at the Naval Air Facility Atsugi, allegedly called out to the girl, who was 13 at the time, on a road in Fujisawa City and brought her into a van. He then raped her.

Yamamoto, who was not acquainted with the victim, has declined to comment on the charges.

Yamamoto is already under prosecution for allegedly sexually assaulting a female university student on a road in Yokohama last October, according to TV Asahi (June 28). He is also suspected in at least one other similar case involving another female student.

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7 Responses to "Japan MSDF petty officer accused in rape of school girl"

  1. Speak Easy   June 29, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    Wow, where is the outrage and uproar from the Japanese people when one of their own military members rapes a middle school girl and is suspected to have
    committed multiple sexual assaults?

    I hope this idiot receives the longestsentence possible….But in Japan that will be 3 or 4 years tops… smh!

    If he was a foreigner his picture would be blasted all over the news and online.

    Can you say double standard….anybody?

    Rape/Murder is wrong no matter the suspects nationality or color!

    Tell me I am wrong in my thinking,
    I dare you!

    • Tokyo Reporter Staff   June 29, 2016 at 8:14 pm

      This story did appear in the news in Japanese but not in English.

    • Roger Dodger   July 4, 2016 at 10:32 am

      Try not to forget; the child raped was not the daughter of an American (for example [negroid/african]) soldier.
      Rape of your own child is ever so slightly different to raping somebody else`s child, in regards to outrage and the desire for the most serious revenge and/or Justice.

  2. Speak Easy   June 30, 2016 at 12:11 am

    Yes, I am sure the story was on the Japanese news, briefly.

    But has there been any backlash from angry protesting Japanese citizens against the MSDF outside the gates of Atsugi Base…

    Uh, most likely not. But there should be a mass amount of protesting from the Japanese people, in my opinion anyway.

    Maybe its just me, but it does seem like Japanese criminals that commit horrific crimes against other Japanese Nationals usually get away with just a slap on the wrist or the news totally gets swept under the rug and labeled as a shameful act so nobody talks about it.

    Depressing!!!!!

    • Roger Dodger   July 4, 2016 at 10:34 am

      ffs Try not to forget; the child raped was not the daughter of an American (for example [negroid/african]) soldier.
      For example…. Rape of your own child is ever so slightly different to raping somebody else`s child, in regards to outrage and the desire for the most serious revenge and/or Justice.