The rape and murder of a Japanese woman, allegedly by a Marine veteran on Okinawa, will be on the agenda for talks with President Barack Obama in Tokyo later this week, Japanese officials said Monday.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe "will strongly demand that the U.S. side take effective and convincing measures to prevent incidents and accidents involving U.S. servicemen and others," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a news conference.
"The Prime Minister said he felt indignation and offered sympathy to the bereaved family" of 20-year-old victim Rina Shimabukuro, Suga said. "Taking into account public sentiment, he will call for strict measures, I believe," against U.S. service members and civilian employees in Japan, said Suga, the chief government spokesman.
Suga did not specify what measures Abe wanted Obama to impose on the more than 50,000 American service members in Japan, about half of them on Okinawa.
Opposition to the U.S. presence on Okinawa was already strong and the killing of the young woman has renewed protests focused on the long-delayed plan to move Marine Corps Air Station Futenma further north on the island to Henoko.
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