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USA serviceman, Japanese woman found dead at apartment in Okinawa

USA serviceman, Japanese woman found dead at apartment in Okinawa

A U.S. serviceman and a Japanese woman were found dead at an apartment in Okinawa on Saturday (April 13), police said, with the man reportedly suspected of killing the woman before taking his own life.

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 US man, who was not immediately identified, was attached to III Marine Division, Stars and Stripes reported citing a military spokesman. They were confirmed dead at the scene.

A minor was found unharmed in the apartment and is being taken care of by authorities, Okinawa police said. The child called a relative who contacted police. The body of the 31-year-old was discovered on Saturday next to that of a woman in her 40s. "This is an absolute tragedy and we are fully committed to supporting the investigation", it said in a statement, according to the reporting on the crime from The Associated Press.

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Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Takeo Akiba telephoned U.S. Ambassador William Hagerty, asking for cooperation with the investigation and efforts to prevent a recurrence, and expressed "extreme regrets", according to the ministry.

Japan hosts a large number of USA military bases and personnel across the country and notably in Okinawa.

People there have long complained about crime, noise and the destruction of the environment as a outcome of the military presence.