USA serviceman, Japanese woman found dead at apartment in Okinawa

13 2019 shows an apartment in Okinawa where a U.S. serviceman and a Japanese woman have been found dead

13 2019 shows an apartment in Okinawa where a U.S. serviceman and a Japanese woman have been found dead

Japan's Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Takeo Akiba called US Ambassador William Hagerty on Saturday to lodge a protest over the murder of an Okinawan woman by a US serviceman.

U.S. Forces Japan said the Naval Criminal Investigative Service was working with local police to look into the deaths of a U.S. Navy sailor assigned to a Marine unit and an Okinawa resident.

A U.S. Marine Corps official in Okinawa told Kyodo News that the man is believed to be a member of the U.S. Marine Corps' 3rd Marine Division headquartered in the prefecture, and promised full support for the prefectural police in their investigation into the case.

The woman's child was unharmed in the apartment during incident and called a relative, who then notified police at 7:26 a.m., a police spokesman said, according to Stars and Stripes. The names of the couple, who were believed to be in a romantic relationship, . were not announced.

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It said more information will be released later.

"They both had stab wounds and their deaths were confirmed later", the spokesman said. For decades the military presence has been a major point of contention for local residents, who complain about things like environmental pollution, noise from aircraft operated by American bases and the danger posed by their flyovers.

Okinawa, the southernmost of Japan's bigger islands, hosts about half of the 54,000 United States troops stationed in Japan while amounting to only 1 percent of the country's territory.

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