(From AFP)

Japan’s defense minister traveled to Okinawa to lodge a formal protest with the commander of the US military base there on Saturday after the arrest of a base employee linked to the suspicious death of a local woman.

Gen Nakatani

Gen Nakatani’s visit to the island comes just days before a high-profile trip to Japan by US President Barack Obama.

“I deliver a strong message of regret and at the same time make a protest,” Nakatani told US military commander Lt. Gen. Lawrence Nicholson, according to public broadcaster NHK, as he demanded the US military in Okinawa ensure discipline among troops.

For his part, Nicholson told Nakatani: “Our heartfelt prayers and condolences are offered to the family.” Read More

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