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U.S. pressure on Japan to free jailed naval officer is misplaced

Sentencing of Lt. Alkonis for fatal accident in line with local cases

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Supporters of Lt. Ridge Alkonis demonstrate in Washington as Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida visits the White House on Jan. 13: The facts do not support the charge that the U.S. Navy officer was the victim of a double standard of justice stacked against foreigners.   © Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Stephen Givens is a corporate lawyer and an adjunct professor at Keio University Law School in Tokyo.

U.S. Senator Mike Lee is threatening Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida that he will put Tokyo's security arrangements with Washington under congressional review unless an imprisoned Navy officer is released and allowed to return home by the end of the month.

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