U.S. soldier found dead at train station in Japan

Samuel Lewis Stiles 
By: Sanvi Rizvi 

Another incident involving a U.S. soldier has been reported in Japan.

A U.S. Navy sailor has been found dead with a head wound in a Japanese train station, local police said Monday.

Petty Officer Second Class Samuel Lewis Stiles was discovered surrounded by seven or eight cans of alcohol on the station platform in the Haiki Nagasaki Prefecture at 5:00 a.m. Sunday, Haiki police said.

The death, which police said they are investigating whether it was an accident or a crime, comes at a sensitive time for the U.S. military in Japan after two U.S. sailors were arrested earlier this month on charges that they raped a local woman.

The case provoked an angry reaction from the Japanese authorities and the U.S. military responded by imposing a curfew on its troops in Japan. The curfew is restricted to military bases, personal houses or hotels from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.

The time when Stiles’ body was found suggests he may have been in violation of the curfew.

He wore no uniform and plain clothes. He had no personal belongings on him, police said. Stiles was stationed at the U.S. base in Sasebo, Nagasaki, in the city where the Haiki station is located.