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Japan Asks US Forces to Ensure Discipline After Woman's Murder- Reports

© REUTERS / KyodoProtesters raise placards reading "Anger was over the limit" during a rally against the U.S. military presence on the island and a series of crimes and other incidents involving U.S. soldiers and base workers, at a park in the prefectural capital Naha on Japan's southern island of Okinawa, Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo June 19, 2016
Protesters raise placards reading Anger was over the limit during a rally against the U.S. military presence on the island and a series of crimes and other incidents involving U.S. soldiers and base workers, at a park in the prefectural capital Naha on Japan's southern island of Okinawa, Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo June 19, 2016 - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Japanese Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya called on US military command to ensure discipline among US troops stationed in the country's southernmost prefecture of Okinawa after an apparent murder of a local woman by a marine, the NHK broadcaster reported on Tuesday.

The minister also said that the probe into the incident was still ongoing and sent condolences to the victim's family.

On Saturday, Japanese Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Takeo Akiba urged US Ambassador in Tokyo William Hagerty to express protest over the murder of an Okinawan woman by a US serviceman.

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A 32-year-old serviceman from the US Marine Corps is believed to have stabbed his 44-year-old Japanese girlfriend to death before killing himself at their apartment in the town of Chatan near the US base earlier this month.

Japan asked the US envoy to take efforts to prevent a recurrence.

A child looks at the U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air Station and the surrounding area from an observation deck at a park in Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture on southern Japan. - Sputnik International
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Many Okinawans oppose the presence of US troops on the small Pacific island due to associated crimes, noise and environmental damage.

The southernmost Japanese prefecture hosts around a half of 50,000 US troops and contractors in the country.

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