Japanese people hold placards to protest over the alleged rape of a local woman by two US servicemen in Okinawa, in front of Prime Minister Shinzō Abe's official residence in Tokyo on October 17, 2012.
Japanese police have arrested an American Navy sailor for allegedly breaking into a house and defying a night-time curfew imposed by the US military following a rape case last year.
The drunken 24-year-old officer was arrested early Sunday in Yokosuka, located south of Tokyo, after entering a house he reportedly thought his friends were inside, local media reported.
The sailor also violated a night-time curfew that the US military imposed after two US soldiers allegedly raped a Japanese woman on Okinawa Island on October 16, 2012.
Despite the curfew, US servicemen stationed in Japan have continued their misconduct in the country.
On December 28, 2012, a Marine was arrested for allegedly entering an apartment building in Naha, the capital of Okinawa.
On November 18, Japanese police arrested another US Marine for trespassing in the southern island of Okinawa.
In the same month, another US trooper was charged with drunk driving following an accident, another was arrested for allegedly going naked in an Internet café.
Another US soldier was also arrested in November after he broke into an apartment above a bar in an Okinawa village, beating a 13-year-old Japanese boy while drunk.
The incidents have angered the Japanese public, who is against the presence of the US forces in Okinawa. Several anti-US demonstrations have been held in Japan.
Some 26,000 US troops are stationed in Okinawa, where the soldiers have reportedly committed more than 5,700 crimes since Washington returned the island to Japan in 1972.