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Okinawa Killing: Abe’s 'Profound Resentment'

"The entire Japan is deeply shocked by this latest incident."

Voice of America reporting: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama told of his country’s “profound resentment” over a former U.S. Marine's confessed involvement in the killing of a 20-year-old Japanese woman outside an American military base in Okinawa.

"I'm just speechless," exclaimed Abe after discussing the murder with Obama in a face-to-face meeting before the G-7 summit of the world's wealthiest countries in Ise Shima. "The entire Japan is deeply shocked by this latest incident."

In turn, Obama expressed "sincerest condolences and deepest regrets over the Okinawa incident. The United States is appalled by any violent crime that may have occurred or been carried out by any U.S. personnel or U.S. contractors. We consider it inexcusable."

This talk took place only days after Japanese police apprehended Kenneth Franklin Shinzato, a 32-year-old former U.S. Marine, who confessed in stabbing and strangling the woman, Rina Shimabukuro, and then dumping her body in a wooded area near the American base where he worked.

This isn’t the first time the members of the U.S. military personnel have been accused of committing a hideous crime. Back in 1995, the rape-wave of Japanese schoolgirls by U.S. military personnel on Okinawa triggered huge demonstrations there against the American bases.

The latest crime could become a further impediment to Abe’s push to relocate a U.S. Marine Corps air station to another part of Okinawa’s main island, a move that already has been facing significant local opposition.

By Stefan Paraber for GIA

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