- Body in Okinawa thought to be woman in April disappearence
- Incident may stir resentment on eve of Obama visit to Japan
Japanese police have arrested an American working at a U.S. base on the southern island of Okinawa after a body thought to be that of a 20-year-old female missing since last month was found, Kyodo news agency reported.
Police in Okinawa arrested the 32-year-old male on suspicion of abandoning a body, a standard step preceding other charges in a murder investigation.
The incident, which comes just days before U.S. President Barack Obama is due to arrive in Japan for the Group of Seven leaders’ meeting, is likely to prompt a backlash from the local community which has long complained about the heavy U.S. military presence on the island and crimes committed by U.S. servicemen stationed at nearby bases.
Okinawa, which was one of the fiercest battlegrounds during World War II, is a critical part of the U.S. military presence in Asia, playing host to about half the roughly 50,000 U.S. military personnel in Japan, the biggest deployment of American forces outside the home front.