(From AFP)

Japan on Thursday (June 9) moved closer to charging a US military base employee with the rape and murder of a local woman on the southern island of Okinawa.

Former U.S. Marine Kenneth Franklin Shinzato is escorted by police officers from Uruma Police Station, Okinawa, on May 20

Kenneth Franklin Shinzato, 32, a former US Marine employed at the US Air Force’s sprawling Kadena Air Base, was first arrested last month for allegedly disposing of the body of the victim, identified by local media as Rina Shimabukuro.

On Thursday, as is common practice in Japanese law, he was again arrested, this time for the separate crime of the alleged rape and murder of the 20-year-old woman, an Okinawa police spokesman said.

Japan’s Jiji Press reported that Shinzato was formally charged on Thursday for abandoning the body. Prosecutors, however, said they could not comment. Read More

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