Ex-US Marine charged in murder, rape of woman on Okinawa

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Posted: Jun 30, 2016 3:36 AM

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese prosecutors have charged a U.S. military contractor with the murder and rape of a 20-year-old woman on Okinawa, a high-profile case that has renewed anti-American base sentiment on the southern Japanese island.

Local authorities said Kenneth Shinzato, a former Marine, now faces the murder and rape charges in addition to an earlier charge of abandoning the victim's body. The woman was found dead last month, three weeks after she had disappeared.

The case has sparked outrage on Okinawa, where residents have long complained about its heavy U.S. military presence and crime linked to them. The subsequent arrest of a U.S. sailor for alleged drunken driving has added to the anger.

The U.S. military has taken disciplinary steps since though they have been relaxed.