Okinawa team patrols areas near US bases, nightlife spots
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Japanese officials are patrolling areas in southwestern Okinawa in an effort to prevent crimes near U.S. military bases and entertainment districts.
The team, composed of about 40 staff members from Okinawa government agencies, was created after a former Marine working at Kadena Air Base was arrested May 19 in connection with the death of a 20-year-old Okinawan woman, Japanese broadcaster NHK reported Wednesday.
The patrol vehicles, which use blue rotating lights, are on the streets between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., the report said. The number of police officers patrolling the island prefecture is also expected to increase.
Last week, Japanese police recommended rape and murder charges for Kenneth Franklin Gadson, who goes by his Japanese wife’s family name of Shinzato. Police say he hit Rina Shimabukuro on the head with a stick and stabbed her during an attempted rape.
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