Massive rally to protest ex-Marine’s arrest in killing of Okinawa woman

(From UPI)

Japanese protesting the rape and murder of a 20-year-old woman by a former U.S. Marine, who confessed to the crime, are planning a massive rally in Japan’s Okinawa Perfecture.

Kenneth Franklin Gadson, who works on Kadena Air Base, Japan, and goes by his Japanese wife's family name of Shinzato, was arrested Thursday, May 19, 2016

Kenneth Franklin Gadson, who works on Kadena Air Base, Japan, and goes by his Japanese wife’s family name of Shinzato, was arrested Thursday, May 19, 2016

Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga is likely to attend the rally along with members of political parties, business and civic groups. A date and location has not been set.

Onaga asked Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday to set up a meeting for him with President Barack Obama, who is scheduled to arrive in Japan on Thursday.

“This is a crime simply because U.S. military bases exist [in Okinawa],” Onaga told reporters after meeting with Abe.

Kenneth Franklin Shinzato, a former U.S. Marine who works for the U.S. military, was arrested on Thursday. He told police he dumped the corpse of 20-year-old Rina Shimabukuro in a forested area around midnight on April 28 after raping and strangling the Japanese woman. Read more

Rina Shimabukuro

Rina Shimabukuro



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