TOKYO (AFP) — Japanese police are investigating four US Marines on allegations of gang-raping a young woman in Hiroshima, officials said Friday.
The United States stations troops in Japan under a security alliance, but there has often been friction in locations that host the military.
"Needless to say it would be unforgivable if it is true," chief government spokesman Nobutaka Machimura said.
He said a Japanese woman was "raped by several men" early Sunday.
"Following a report by the victim, Hiroshima prefectural police are investigating the case in cooperation with the US military forces in Japan to reveal the truth," Machimura said.
Master Sergeant Terence Peck, a spokesman for US forces in Japan, confirmed that four US Marines were under investigation.
The US embassy said in a statement that it and the US military "are cooperating fully with Japanese authorities on t
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