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Family of murdered Okinawa woman has yet to receive compensation

  • March 16, 2018
  • , Asahi
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Asahi front-paged a report saying that it has learned from several GOJ sources that concerning the murder of a Japanese woman in Uruma, Okinawa, in April 2016, her family has not yet received court-ordered compensation from the man who murdered her, Kenneth Franklin Shinzato, because of his inability to pay. According to the paper, the U.S. government has no plan to pay the compensation despite the system under the U.S.-Japan Status of Forces Agreement that allows victims to file claims for compensation with the U.S. government for crimes involving U.S. military and related personnel. Although Shinzato was a civilian worker at a U.S. military installation at the time of the incident, he was not directly hired by the U.S. military. The paper wrote that although the family is planning to ask the U.S. government to pay the compensation, the U.S. government does not plan to heed the request on the grounds that Shinzato was not a direct hire of the U.S. military.

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