Attack on Kadena worker unrelated to Okinawa tensions, police say
CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Okinawan police do not believe an attack on an American base employee Friday was motivated by tensions on the tiny southern Japanese island following several high-profile crimes in recent months allegedly perpetrated by U.S. military and civilian personnel.
Susumu Takayasu, 43, was taken into custody just after 9 p.m. Friday in the Chuo district of Okinawa City after allegedly grabbing an American employee from Kadena Air Base on the street and placing him in a headlock, said an Okinawa prefectural police spokesman.
The incident happened after Takayasu, whom police called a local “troublemaker,” allegedly attempted to pick fights with several passersby, including Japanese nationals.
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