TOKYO (NEWSnet/AP) — Japan’s government protested Friday to U.S. Embassy in Tokyo over at least two sexual assault cases involving American service members on the island Okinawa.

In one case, an Air Force member is accused of assaulting a 16-year-old girl in December.  The other, which arose in May, involves a Marine who is accused of assaulting a 21-year-old woman.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshimasa Hayashi told reporters Friday it is “extremely regrettable” the alleged sexual assaults occurred within months. Japan “takes it seriously” and Vice Foreign Minister Masataka Okano conveyed regrets to U.S. Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel, requesting disciplinary and preventive measures, Hayashi said.

“I believe that the U.S. side also takes this matter seriously,” Hayashi said. “Criminal cases and accidents by U.S. military personnel cause great anxiety to local residents, and they should never occur in the first place.”

The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo declined to confirm details of the meeting between Emanuel and Okano and how the ambassador responded, citing diplomatic rules.

Hayashi said prosecutors in Naha, the capital of Okinawa, had pressed charges of nonconsensual sex and assault charges against the Marine on June 17. Both suspects were handled by the Japan authorities.

Okinawa prefectural police said the two cases were not made public out of consideration for the privacy of the victims.

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