20-year-old Rina Shimabukuro Raped and Killed by Former US Marine

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Fellow Okinawans near and far: When will it end? WHO will support the Okinawan people? Should we just resign ourselves that as long as the US military remains in Okinawa, these crimes will continue? DOES ANYBODY CARE? If you see the politician that represents you, ask if he or she does.

Shimabukuro Rina, 20 years old

Shimabukuro Rina, 20 years old.

See “Okinawa Suspect Allegedly Admits to Rape of Woman Before Killing Her,” Kyodo, Japan Times, 21 May 2016.

Also see “U.S. Servicemen Plotted Girl’s Rape,” AP, Journal Times, 8 Nov. 1995.

Kenneth Franklin Shinzato, Navy Seaman Marcus Gill, Marine PFC Kendrick Ledet, Marine PFC Rodrico Harp

Former Marine Kenneth Franklin Shinzato, Navy Seaman Marcus Gill, Marine PFC Kendrick Ledet, Marine PFC Rodrico Harp.

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2 Responses to 20-year-old Rina Shimabukuro Raped and Killed by Former US Marine

  1. Arthur Moss says:

    This was a horrific event. Being half Okinawan, i feel for the family of this young girl. I also have a half sister in Okinawan and several nieces that are close to this young woman’s age. I am also half American caucasian. I see the need for a base in Asia, but looking past the need for a base, I think about the crime rate of Okinawan-on-Okinawan versus US Military-on-Okinawan and wonder how the rates compare. Is Okinawan-on-Okinawan crime higher or lower than US on Okinawan crime? Does rape and murder occur between Okinawans occur? I ask these questions out of curiosity since I can’t find specific crime rates when I search for them.

    • João Carlos Sande says:

      Arthur, what is the need for a base in Asia? Who are you protecting and from who? Since 1972, date when US handed over the control of Okinawa to Japan, around 6.000 crimes were commited by US base-related people against Okinawans, including rapes, murders, burglaries and thefts. US shall withdrawal all the troops on Okinawa and close the bases urgently!

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