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Saturday, April 13, 2019

A U.S. serviceman has fatally stabbed a Japanese woman and then killed himself in Okinawa, according to the Foreign Ministry in Tokyo, amid growing resentment about the presence of American troops in the prefecture. U.S. Forces Japan says the Naval Criminal Investigative Service is working with local police to look into the deaths Saturday of a U.S. Navy sailor assigned to a marine unit, and an Okinawa resident. In a statement it said: "This is an absolute tragedy and we are fully committed to supporting the investigation."

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A U.S. Marine Corps official in Okinawa told Kyodo News the man is believed to be a member of the 3rd Marine Division headquartered in the prefecture.

According to local police, the 32-year-old marine was believed to be in a relationship with the 44-year-old woman.

#1 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-04-13 07:33 PM | Reply

Okinawa hosts the bulk of U.S. military facilities in Japan.

Local residents have long been frustrated with noise, accidents and crimes linked to the bases there.

#2 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-04-13 07:43 PM | Reply

I was with 3rd Mar Div back in the mid 70's and the Marines were getting into trouble even back then. We were barred from the US Air Force
E-Club permanently. There was talk then about moving 3rd Mar Div to Guam. That was over 40 years ago.

#3 | Posted by shane at 2019-04-13 10:35 PM | Reply

What a horrible act.
It looks like the NCOIC/OIC forgot to include murder-suicide in the weekend libo brief.

#4 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2019-04-13 10:37 PM | Reply

horrible.
i've been to beautiful Okinawa . my father fought there, shot down a Zero with his BAR.

...then there's B.C. St.

#5 | Posted by ichiro at 2019-04-14 04:20 PM | Reply

#5 | Posted by ichiro

I've been there too. Stayed on Kadena a couple of times while doing USO shows on the island.

#6 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-04-14 04:29 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

i jammed on BC Street with George Murasaki.

#7 | Posted by ichiro at 2019-04-14 10:45 PM | Reply

#7 | Posted by ichiro

That sounds like a good time. What instrument do you play?

I don't remember seeing much music on BC Street when I was there back when. Most of the clubs were catering to drunk and horny airmen and marines with barkers outside touting 'shows' featuring scantily clad women, often advertised as doing bizarre things. Probably a different kind of place that it is now.

#8 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-04-15 07:18 AM | Reply

Murasaki band was one of the hidden gems on that island. Mask and banana shows, not so much.

BC. Gate 2, Suckahatchie Alley. Crazy "honchos" driving the taxis...

Good times during my formative years...

#9 | Posted by hoser at 2019-04-15 09:12 AM | Reply

I lived on Okinawa for 2.5 years as the Viet Nam war wound down. The fighting troops, Marines and Army processed out of Viet Nam through Okinawa after the US left Viet Nam.

Those of us who were technicians and support staff lived in a semi normal relationships with the Island Locals. While i was on island, the US allowed the Okinawans to vote on their choice of remaining a US protectorate, and becoming the newest Prefecture of Japan.

The Okinawans chose Japan.

The 2.5 years went fast, but when the war wound down, the Troops who were coming home from Viet Nam turned the island on it's head with nearly nightly murders of bar girls, prostitutes, and house boys perpatrated by the returning soldiers and marines.

I was discussing the subject with an Army pal (I was USAF) who said basically, that the shocking murderous behavior we were seeing on Okinawa for the first time, was just SNAFU everyday wartime behavior in combat zones.

Yes, the Marines on Okinawa were barred from the NCO clubs for Army, Navy, and USAF personnel. We got a new Island Commander during my years on island, and he was opposed to keeping the Marines out of the other Service clubs. He referred to it as discriminatory agaainst the poor, victimized Marines. He rescinded the standing policy, and permitted The Jar Heads to enter NCO Clubs of all the Services on his first day as Island Commander.

The Marines brawled and busted up every USAF, Navy, and Army NCO club on the Island that night.

On the 2nd day of the New Commander's duty, he reinstated the Ban.

I have never trusted drunk Marines since that time.

#10 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2019-04-16 10:07 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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