Murder, rape around US military base in Okinawa

This video from the USA says about itself:

US military contractor murders another Okinawa woman, Japan furious

20 May 2016

By James Tweedie:

US ex-marine held for woman’s killing

Saturday 21st May 2016

Abe ‘outraged and speechless’ at latest in string of atrocities

JAPANESE Prime Minister Shinzo Abe joined the governor of Okinawa in outrage yesterday at the latest murder of a local woman apparently by a US military contractor.

Former US marine turned civil contractor Kenneth Shinzato was arrested on Thursday in connection with the disappearance of Rina Shimabukuro on April 28.

Ms Shimabukuro’s boyfriend told police she went for a walk that evening and never returned.

Mr Shinzato was arrested after police found the victim’s body at a forest location he gave them, but he had not yet been charged yesterday.

However, local media quoted sources close to the investigation saying he had admitted strangling and stabbing the victim.

“I feel extremely strong outrage,” Mr Abe told reporters.

“I have no words to express, considering how the family feels.

“We urge the US side to take thorough measures to prevent the recurrence of such events.”

Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga said he was “outraged” and that the death of the woman broke his heart.

“As I look back at all the developments to date, I’m simply speechless,” he said.

US ambassador Caroline Kennedy said: “We will double our efforts to make sure this will never happen again,” while the US State Department said the military was co-operating with police.

Two months ago a US Navy sailor admitted raping a woman at a hotel on Okinawa and US servicemen have committed numerous rapes and murders of Okinawan women and children since occupying the island towards end of World War II.

The island is home to more than half the 50,000 US troops remaining in Japan since the war.

The litany of outrages — compounded by the US military’s insistence on trying suspects by court martial rather than in Japanese civilian courts — has fuelled strong opposition to the US military presence.

Mr Onaga has been among those leading mass protests against the planned relocation of US Marine Air Station Futenma from its present unsafe location in a suburb of the capital to a more remote spot, demanding instead that it be closed altogether.

This video from Japan says about itself:

20 May 2016

Protesters rallied in Tokyo, Friday, condemning the alleged murder of a 20-year-old Japanese woman by an American contractor working at a US military base on the Japanese island of Okinawa.

12 thoughts on “Murder, rape around US military base in Okinawa

  1. Stanford student Brock Turner raped an unconscious woman. And Judge Aaron Persky sentenced him to only six months in jail. Odds are he’ll be out in three months.1

    This judge has no business staying on the bench, and because of a major public backlash, we have a very real chance of getting him removed.

    The California Commission on Judicial Performance has the power to take him off the bench, and some are even talking about a recall.2

    Already hundreds of thousands of people have signed petitions demanding Judge Persky be removed, and to keep up the pressure, we’re launching a major ad campaign, including mobile billboards, airplane banners, and more. Will you chip in $5 to help get this campaign off the ground?

    Yes, I’ll chip in $5. Aaron Persky has no business continuing to serve as a judge.

    Judge Persky’s statements justifying his pathetic sentience are just horrifying.

    He said that the press coverage of the rape had “poisoned” Turner’s life and that prison would have a “severe impact on him.” He stated that the rapist had “less moral culpability” because he was intoxicated.3

    The rapist’s father requested the lenient sentence by saying that prison “is a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action.”4

    And explaining the sentence, the judge cited a letter that said, “Where do we draw the line and stop worrying about being politically correct every second of the day and see that rape on campuses isn’t always because people are rapists?”5

    What’s more, Judge Persky, himself a former star athlete at Stanford, has a history of siding with rapists who also happen to be athletes.6

    Everything about this case demonstrates the horror of rape culture that values the reputation of a rapist more than the experience of a survivor. But if we can get this awful judge removed, it will send a clear message to the criminal justice system–and women everywhere–that rape culture will NOT be tolerated.

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    –Nita, Shaunna, Kat, Karin, Adam, Holly, Kaili, Kathy, Onyi, Susan, Clarise, Anathea, Audine, Ryan, Shannon, Megan, Kaytee, and Libby, the UltraViolet team


    1. Light Sentence for Brock Turner in Stanford Rape Case Draws Outrage, The New York Times, June 6, 2016

    2. Judge in Stanford sexual assault case faces recall effort over light sentence, The Guardian, June 6, 2016

    3. Ibid.

    4. ‘20 minutes of action’: father defends Stanford student son convicted of sexual assault, The Guardian, June 5, 2016

    5. Judge in Stanford sexual assault case faces recall effort over light sentence, The Guardian, June 6, 2016

    6. Brock Turner’s Father Sums Up Rape Culture in One Brief Statement, Slate, June 5, 2016


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