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"[African American soldier Kenneth Franklin Gadson, a 32-year-old civilian contractor at Kadena Air Base, admitted to strangling Japanese woman Rina Shimabukuro who had been missing since last month.]"

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/05/20/outrage-in-japan-as-american-arrested-in-connection-with-death-of-woman-on-okinawa/

>Japanese leaders reacted with outrage after a U.S. Marine veteran was arrested Thursday in connection with the death of a Japanese woman near a U.S. air base on the island of Okinawa.

Kenneth Franklin Gadson, a 32-year-old civilian contractor at Kadena Air Base, admitted to strangling the woman, his defense attorney told Stars and Stripes — though the attorney questioned the condition under the which the admission was made.

Rina Shimabukuro had been missing since last month. The 20-year-old’s body was discovered in a wooded location Thursday after Gadson told investigators where to look, according to the Associated Press.




Sadly this incident isn't the first of its kind.
Do you think the US military base in Okinawa should still be there? I don’t think so. I believe it gives the message that we are occupying Japan instead of them being one of our trusted allies.
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Like it or not, Japan's leaders want us there. We are a valuable ally who guarantees China will never touch Japan. Having immediate military staff on hand is a powerful deterrent.

Individuals being criminals has nothing to do with the larger picture. It is simply easy fuel to the fire of those who want the base gone anyways.
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Using a criminal as the poster boy for an entire military base isn't exactly fair, is it? There will be crime wherever you go, in any setting. It's unfortunate but it's a fact of life.
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A civilian contractor and former Marine, not a serving member of the US Military. Get the facts straight before posting misleading titles.
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Posted 5/27/16
I thought it meant currently serving.
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Posted 5/27/16
But why did he do this?
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Don't know the circumstances, but stop using things like this as an excuse to throw our boys under the bus; Obummer and his mindless hoard do that enough.
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Japan as a whole wants us there, according to most polls. Only people who live on Okinawa actually want the U.S. base gone - and even most of them don't want us gone entirely, just on a different island so they don't have to rub shoulders with us.

It's sort of like the nuclear power conundrum inside the United States. Many people want us to use more nuclear power, but nobody wants the power plants or the nuclear waste in their own backyard.
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I have to agree with most everyone here. For Japan, having us there protects them from China or Russia.
Yes, there have been many crimes against Japanese citizens and these people should be punished to the full extent of the law.
I think it is telling that the prime minister of Japan should publicly admonish our President in public. I won't go into the details of politics here, or why Obama did not say anything about it.
In Okinawa, the US military and the Japanese have been at odds with each other for decades, mainly because of all the Marine garrisons there. The Air Force is there too, but the problems with them have been limited.
Japan at one point was going to pay to have the marines moved to Guam and even build barracks to house them. But Guam had problems with that.
Having a contingent of Marines stationed close to that part of the world is part and parcel why North and South Korea do not get along and there is a "Truce" between them, but no formal end to the Korean War.
Not to mention that N. Korea seems to take delight in warning everyone in the area that they have the Nuclear option.
That's why they are there, as a deterrent and as a ready battalion.
The U.S. Military uses civilian contractors all the time that are attached to the unit, but don't wear a uniform. The problem with this individual is he couldn't keep it in his pants, and he could not accept "no" for an answer.
So he should accept the consequences to his actions, and Japan needs to decide if painting the U.S. with a broad brush is a good idea, with the actions on one loan deviant.
And I do feel sad for the parents of this beautiful girl that will no longer have a future because of the selfishness of one person.
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I'd also like to know why he did it. And dam would be a shame either way but she was cute!
I cant help but wonder if he killed her to cover up a rape (but iam guessing if so that would have been discovered and reported) or maybe she turned him down or something??
Why else?...
I guess he could just be a crazy person. But if he did it due to the above guesses he would be crazy anyhow.

( ah i just read the above post). maybe he thought she was racist......
Poor girl.

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wonder the past of the 32y old's activites, that could maybe be a suggestion of the mental reason why to do it to a 20y old that looks younger and in a state where he could/should feel something unless there was some personal matters or yes like rape/wanting her.

and I want to know more about, did they say he was moving her body to that location or that they/he did it there?...
But he doesn't really look stable from whats been seen.

Bankshot wrote:
Having a contingent of Marines stationed close to that part of the world is part and parcel why North and South Korea do not get along and there is a "Truce" between them, but no formal end to the Korean War.
Not to mention that N. Korea seems to take delight in warning everyone in the area that they have the Nuclear option.
well... north korea do as they like though..
sometimes shooting live ammo at the border people and does not value others at all, but I guess some of the internal issues can show and make them like that as seen with the "ghost" ships that is found with full of dead starved people from North Korea..So please why can't we nuke North Korea.. all with the new Kim.
Just this image shows how they are like "we stand behind the corner to be protected" while the other side is like "Oh how are you guys doing over there?".. "its not like anyone would shoot at us now would they?"

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Japanese women and children need to be educated to stay away from US soldiers and stay away from the base. In the past I've heard in the news of Japanese women being raped and killed by US soldiers.

I'm an American and in my town there is a small army base. the soldiers off the base look so creepy. when a group of them walk on the sidewalk they walk shoulder to shoulder taking up the whole sidewalk. People have to step aside in the street to let them pass. several times young female from town have been raped. once a 17 year old girl was found raped and murdered on the base.

When they come in walmart they look so mean and intimidating, even the black male soldiers look scary. (I'm a black female giving this opinion, please note.) When I see soldiers I keep a distance. And unfortunately because black women are treated like trash in the black community by black males, I keep a distance from them too. I'm not saying that men of other races are better than black men. but when I was younger, my mother and little brother were walking down the street from the store when we suddenly heard gun shots. we looked around and saw a car full of black males laughing and one of them was holding a gun.

when I was five mom caught a black guy crawling through our window we didn't have a gun, but mom broke a glass bottle and went at him. he fled and took our screen with him. We've moved out to a mostly white town. There's prejudice to deal with, but we don't have to be bother with black male hate and terror, which is really nerve wrecking.

i don't mean to bad mouth the military or black men or any other men, but women need to be careful.

By the guy being a contractor he probably was not in uniform, but still Japanese women and all other women around the world need to be careful of men of all shapes and colors. Men are men no matter what.

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iriomote wrote:
Only people who live on Okinawa actually want the U.S. base gone - and even most of them don't want us gone entirely, just on a different island so they don't have to rub shoulders with us.


I don't think that's true. It would hurt their economy if the base moved. And they get along fine with the soldiers from proper backgrounds.

Anyway, I hope they don't let this guy return to the USA and murder again like they have before. Just off with his head.
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brookline wrote:
When they come in walmart they look so mean and intimidating, even the black male soldiers look scary. (I'm a black female giving this opinion, please note.) When I see soldiers I keep a distance. And unfortunately because black women are treated like trash in the black community by black males, I keep a distance from them too. I'm not saying that men of other races are better than black men. but when I was younger, my mother and little brother were walking down the street from the store when we suddenly heard gun shots. we looked around and saw a car full of black males laughing and one of them was holding a gun.

when I was five mom caught a black guy crawling through our window we didn't have a gun, but mom broke a glass bottle and went at him. he fled and took our screen with him. We've moved out to a mostly white town. There's prejudice to deal with, but we don't have to be bother with black male hate and terror, which is really nerve wrecking.

i don't mean to bad mouth the military or black men or any other men, but women need to be careful.
should shorten this one and make it better..but I think I got what I wanted.

also their protests are atleast way better and calmer then any american protest I could think of. LOLZ
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brookline wrote:

Japanese women and children need to be educated to stay away from US soldiers and stay away from the base. In the past I've heard in the news of Japanese women being raped and killed by US soldiers.


That doesn't seem like a great lesson to take away from this incident. Alienating soldiers further won't build trust or understanding. It would be like advising all women to avoid pop star fanboys because one nuttjob srabbed a singer. Yes, women need to be careful around strangers, as do men. Crazy people pop up from all corners of life and ostricizing a group isn't going to make things safer.
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