This picture taken on October 18, 2015 shows Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (C) and Defence Minister Gen Nakatani (2nd L) visiting the U.S. nuclear powered aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan. (AFP PHOTO / JAPAN POOL via JIJI PRESS)
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Japan's defense minister traveled to Okinawa to lodge a formal protest with the commander of the U.S. military base there Saturday after the arrest of a base employee linked to the suspicious death of a local woman.Gen Nakatani's visit to the island comes just days before a high-profile trip to Japan by U.S. President Barack Obama.The man, a U.S. citizen and former U.S. Marine, who works at the U.S. Kadena Air Base, has reportedly admitted to raping and killing 20-year-old Rina Shimabukuro, who had been missing since late April.More than half of the 47,000 U.S. military personnel in the country are stationed there, and rapes and other crimes by service personnel have sparked local protests in the past.
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