USA serviceman, Japanese woman found dead in Okinawa

USA serviceman, Japanese woman found dead in Okinawa

A US military serviceman killed his Japanese girlfriend and then himself at an apartment in Chatan, Okinawa, on Saturday morning, police said.

The sailor, 31, whose identity has not been released, was attached to the III Marine Division, according to the III Marine Expeditionary Force.

The police received an emergency call at around 7:25 a.m. and found the two lying on a bed at the woman's apartment in the town of Chatan.

The sailor and the woman, who was in her 40s, were apparently in a relationship, the Okinawa police spokesman said. The police said the woman's child witnessed the incident when it happened in the early morning and called a relative, who in turn notified law enforcement.

The Naval Criminal Investigative Service is supporting the Okinawa police investigation, said III MEF spokesman 1st Lt. David Mancilla.

William Hagerty, the US ambassador to Japan, promised full cooperation with the investigation, according to a statement.

Akiba said he was "extremely disappointed" by the events and asked for U.S. cooperation in the probe and efforts to stop this tragedy from repeating itself.

Okinawa island hosts more than half of the 47,000 American military personnel based in Japan - a presence that has frustrated local residents with problems ranging from noise and military accidents to crime involving base residents.

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

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