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    Okinawa Governor Wants to Meet Obama After Alleged Murder by US Man

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    Okinawa governor Takeshi Onaga has asked for an opportunity to speak to US President Barack Obama during his visit to Japan after a suspected murder of a Japanese woman by a contractor at a US military base, the official said Monday.

    TOKYO (Sputnik) — According to media reports, a 32-year-old US Marine veteran confessed to stabbing and strangling a 20-year-old woman near the US Kadena Air Base on Okinawa on Friday.

    "As the governor of Okinawa, which is home to the majority of US military bases, I’d like to talk directly with President Obama in order to protect the lives and property of our residents," Onaga told reporters after a meeting with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

    The Okinawa governor has been fiercely opposed to US military presence on the island, which has been marred by reports of rapes of Japanese women by US servicemen, as well as the plans to relocate a military base within the prefecture which threatens to harm the local marine life.

    The US leader is expected to arrive in the Kashiko Island on Thursday for a two-day summit of the Group of Seven (G7) club of industrialized nations.

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