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    Japan Demands US to Boost Discipline at Bases After Alleged Woman Murder

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    The Japanese government demands that the United States boost discipline at its military bases in the country after a US national was arrested over alleged links to murder of a woman in Okinawa.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier this week, it was reported that Kenneth Franklin Shinzato, a US national and a former marine who works at the US Air Force base in Okinawa, was arrested on suspicion of disposing of Rina Shimabukuro’s body. The local authorities reportedly believe that he has also killed the young woman who has been missing since April.

    According to the Kyodo news agency, the corresponding decision was made at an extraordinary government session. Tokyo is also demanding US assistance in the investigation of the incident, according to local media.

    On Thursday, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida lodged a protest over the incident with US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy, calling it extremely regrettable.

    Okinawa is home to a large US military presence and there have been mass protests over the years by the island’s inhabitants over incidents of alleged rape by US armed forces personnel stationed there.


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