US forces in Okinawa hold month of mourning for murdered Japanese woman

(From  Reuters)

The U.S. military on Saturday announced a 30-day period of mourning at its bases on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa, where the killing of a woman has reignited resentment of the heavy U.S. military presence in the region.

People raise their fists as they shout slogans to protest against the US military presence in front of the US Kadena Air Base in Cyatan, Okinawa prefecture

People protest against the US military presence in front of the US Kadena Air Base in Cyatan

The Marine Corps commander in Japan said Saturday the measures are not punishment but an effort to show respect for the victim’s family and mourn with the people of Okinawa.

A 32-year-old American civilian working at a U.S. military base in Okinawa was arrested this month for dumping the body of the 20-year-old Japanese woman, a procedural step in murder cases.

The attack stoked anger in Japan, prompting Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to protest about the killing during talks with U.S. President Barack Obama ahead of the Group of Seven summit in central Japan. Read More 



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