TOKYO (AP) — Tens of thousands of Japanese are protesting the presence of U.S. military bases on the southwestern island of Okinawa, where an American contractor and former Marine is accused of raping and killing a local woman.
The rally Sunday calls for a review of the U.S.-Japanese security agreement, which burdens Okinawa with hosting the bulk of U.S. troops in Japan. The killing set off outrage on Okinawa, where tensions periodically run high over crime.
Also contentious is a plan to relocate a Marine Corps air station to a less-populated part of Okinawa, which developed after public anger erupted in 1995 over a rape of a girl by three American servicemen. Protesters want the Marines to leave and the overall military scaled back.