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Okinawa governor expresses strong anger at U.S. sailor’s alleged killing of Okinawa woman

  • April 15, 2019
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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Ryukyu Shimpo and Okinawa Times reported extensively in their front- and inside pages on Sunday and Monday on an incident in which a U.S. Navy sailor allegedly stabbed to death a Japanese woman and then committed suicide in Chatan, Okinawa, on Saturday morning. The papers wrote that Okinawa Governor Tamaki told reporters on Sunday that he has lodged a protest with Okinawa Area Coordinator Smith by saying that he feels deep sorrow and strong indignation about the loss of the life of an Okinawan citizen. The papers also wrote that the Okinawa police were aware that the woman needed protection because they were informed by the U.S. military police in late January that the woman and the sailor were having relationship problems. However, although she told the police that she was experiencing problems, including sexual assault, the woman had reportedly rejected police advice three times in the past three months to seek protection or file a complaint by saying that she did not need help from the Japanese police because she had already requested it from the U.S. military police.

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