Rape sentence

PUBLISHED : Friday, 15 March, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 15 March, 1996, 12:00am

If the maximum sentence for rape under Japanese law is life imprisonment and the three American soldiers who abducted and raped a defenceless 12-year-old girl leaving her injured and severely traumatised will be imprisoned for only seven years, what is required to incur the maximum sentence? I am appalled, and trust that a separate US army court martial hearing will impose a far harsher sentence to run concurrently.