Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe publicly chastised President Barack Obama on Wednesday for the alleged rape and murder of a young Okinawan woman by a Marine veteran that has re-ignited protests on the island against the American military presence there.
“This case shocked all of Japan,” Abe said with Obama at his side for a news conference following private bilateral talks at which the alleged homicide by former Marine Kenneth Franklin Shinzato topped the agenda.
“At the onset of our small group discussion, I have firmly lodged a protest against President Obama as the Japanese Prime minister with regard to the most recent case in Okinawa," Abe said through an interpreter.
"I feel profound resentment for this self-centered and despicable crime,” Abe said, according to the White House pool report.
In response, Obama said, “I extended my sincere condolences and deepest regrets” for “the tragedy that took place in Okinawa” and resulted in the death of 20-year-old Rina Shimabukuro, whose body was found in a wooded area near the Kadena Air Force Base where Franklin Shinzato was a civilian employe.
"The US will continue to cooperate fully with the investigation," Obama said. "This has shaken up people in Okinawa as well as people throughout Japan. We consider…