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OKINAWA CITY — A 23-year-old airman assigned to Kadena Air Base was arrested on a trespassing charge Sunday after he allegedly took a morning nap in a stranger’s home in Okinawa city.

A prefectural police spokesman in Okinawa city said the airman first class was apparently drunk when he wandered into a home in Okinawa City’s Goya district through an unlocked front door and fell asleep in the living room. The 76-year-old resident reported the incident to police when he awoke and found a stranger sleeping in his living room, using a blanket as a pillow.

According to the police report, the airman was arrested at 8:05 a.m. A Breathalyzer test result was 0.60 milligrams per liter, well above the 0.15 considered to be too inebriated to drive under Japanese law.

The case was referred to the Naha District Public Prosecutor’s Office on Monday and, since it was a minor charge and he cooperated with police, the airman was released to military authorities.

It is the second trespassing case involving a servicemember in Okinawa city this month.

A Marine from Camp Hansen was arrested last week and charged with entering a home in Okinawa city and helping himself to a meal and a bath. He also was released to military authorities on Monday.

Wandering into a strange home when drunk is not a uniquely American trait, the police spokesman said.

“Occasionally it happens to Japanese, too,” he said. “Why do they do it? You may need to ask a psychologist.”


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