Japan: Okinawa residents protest US expansion after rape and murder of local woman

Nago, Okinawa. National Defense [Japan Self-Defense Forces]? That's why I'm crying, maybe everyone feels the same, why Japan Self-Defense Forces, it's our country, why do we have to use our own weapon [against ourselves]? This is strange.» view of humanity. I want Kenneth [Kenneth Franklin Gadson, the former US marine accused of killing Shimabukuro] to tell the truth, I want him to express... Еще sincere regret to the court and newspaper.» Hundreds of anti-US military protesters, including Ikehara Junko, a long-standing activist, gathered outside Camp Schwab in Okinawa, Saturday, to demand the end of the US military presence in their country. Junko stated that she used to come to the base and talk to the US marines, but now they «put up the wall to shut the communication.» Junko continued, saying that she wants Kenneth Franklin Gadson, the former US marine convicted of raping and killing a Japanese woman, Rina Shimabukuro, to «express sincere regret,» adding that «I want to say that Rina is not the only victim, but it could be you, me and our children.» Former US marine Gadson was handed a life sentence for the rape and murder of 20-year-old Shimabukuro on the island of Okinawa in April 2016. At the time of the murder, he was working for the US Air Force at Kadena Air Base. He had previously served as a US marine between 2007 and 2014.

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