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Japan: U.S. Military Contractor Arrested in Killing of Japanese Woman

HeadlineMay 20, 2016

In Japan, a U.S. military contractor and former marine has confessed to dumping the body of a 20-year-old Japanese woman in a forest on the island of Okinawa, which is home to U.S. military bases. Thirty-two-year-old Kenneth Shinzato was arrested Thursday. He has not confessed to killing the woman, who disappeared last month. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke out.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe: “I feel a strong anger. I believe it’s a regrettable situation. I am at a loss of words when I think of her family.”

Okinawa residents have long protested the presence of 50,000 U.S. troops on the island, saying they bring crime and pollution.

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