Latest news from Okinawa is that ex-US Marine Kenneth Franklin Shinzato, strangled and then stabbed to death Rina Shimabukuro. Anyone have any good insights that would cause this freak to murder this young Japanese woman because I am f–king clueless? Will this be the beginning of the end of the US military in Okinawa? Of all times for this murder to take place just before US President Barack Obama visits Japan. This incident is going to send the people in Okinawa into apoplectic rage so watch for massive protests in the coming days and weeks.
Source: South Morning China Post
Japan’s PM ‘outraged’ as US base worker is arrested over woman’s death; police sources say ex-Marine admitted strangling her
May 20, 2016
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday expressed “outrage” after the arrest of a US military base employee linked to the death of a woman on Okinawa, a week before a high-profile visit to Japan by US President Barack Obama.
Police sources said the American suspect, an ex-Marine, had admitted strangling 20-year-old office worker Rina Shimabukuro, who had been missing since late April. Her decomposing body was located among weeds in the village of Onna in central Okinawa, on Thursday, after the suspect gave a statement to police earlier in the day, the sources said. [A photo taken early Friday shows the overgrown spot where the body of Rina Shimabukuro was found. Photo: Kyodo]
Okinawan police arrested Kenneth Franklin Shinzato, 32, for allegedly disposing of the Shimabukuro’s body, a spokesman said without elaborating.
Local media said Shinzato, a US citizen and former US Marine, lives in southern Okinawa and works in a civilian role at the US Kadena Air Base.
The southern island of Okinawa was the site of a brutal World War II battle but is now considered a strategic linchpin by hosting numerous US military bases that support the two countries’ decades-long security alliance.