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US forces hold month of mourning for murdered Japanese

Saturday, May 28, 2016 - 00:53

The U.S. military holds a 30-day period of mourning at its Okinawa bases, after a Japanese woman was allegedly murdered by an American. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The U.S. military on Saturday (May 28) announced a 30-day period of mourning at its bases on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa, where the killing of a woman has reignited resentment of the heavy U.S. military presence in the region. A 32-year-old American civilian working at a U.S. military base there was arrested this month for dumping the body of the 20-year-old Japanese woman. A senior U.S. military official told reporters all festivals, celebrations and music concerts at U.S. military bases would be postponed during the 30-day period which began on Friday (May 27). Media reports said alcohol consumption outside bases would be prohibited among military personnel and their families along with civilians employed by the military, while they would also be required to observe a midnight curfew. The attack stoked anger in Japan, prompting Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to protest about the killing during talks with U.S. President Barack Obama ahead of the Group of Seven summit in central Japan. Many associate the bases with crime. The rape of a Japanese schoolgirl by U.S. military personnel in 1995 sparked huge anti-base demonstrations. Both governments want to keep the incident from fanning further opposition to an agreement to relocate the U.S. Marines' Futenma air base to a less populous part of Okinawa, a plan first agreed upon after the 1995 rape but opposed by the island's governor and many residents who want the base off the island entirely.

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US forces hold month of mourning for murdered Japanese

Saturday, May 28, 2016 - 00:53