Japanese government decides to go proactive to prevent more crimes in Okinawa by US military personnel

In response to the murder of Rina Shimbukuro in Okinawa and the ex-Marine Kenneth Franklin’s arrest for her murder, the Japanese government has moved to set up a “special interdepartmental commission for preventing crimes committed by US military base personnel.”  The Japanese government is going proactive to prevent future crimes by US military personal in Okinawa and not wait for American military leaders to end these types of crimes in Okinawa by US military personnel. The Japanese know more crimes like this will go on unless the US military is removed from Okinawa.
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Source: Sputnik

Japan to Create Group to Prevent Crimes by US Military Base Personnel

May 26, 2016

Policemen escort US citizen and former US Marine Kenneth Franklin Shinzato (C) to the prosecutor's office at Uruma Police Station in Uruma, Okinawa prefecture, on May 21, 2016 © AFP 2016/ JIJI PRESS
Policemen escort US citizen and former US Marine Kenneth Franklin Shinzato (C) to the prosecutor’s office at Uruma Police Station in Uruma, Okinawa prefecture, on May 21, 2016 © AFP 2016/ JIJI PRESS

Japan is set to create a special interdepartmental commission for preventing crimes committed by US military base personnel, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Thursday.

TOKYO (Sputnik) — Japan is set to create a special interdepartmental commission for preventing crimes committed by US military base personnel, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Thursday.

“The group will comprise representatives of the relevant ministries and departments on the levels of department heads,” Suga told reporters.

The decision comes a week after the arrest of 32-year-old former US Marine Kenneth Franklin on suspicion of stabbing and strangling a 20-year-old Japanese woman near US Kadena Air Base in Okinawa. The woman, Rina Shimabukuro, disappeared on April 28 and was later found dead in a forest. Franklin has reportedly admitted to committing the murder.

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