On 19th of June tens of thousands of people on Okinawa protested against the presence of U.S. military bases on the Japanese island. Many wore black to mourn the rape and killing of a local woman in which an American contractor is a suspect.
The rally called for a review of the U.S.-Japanese security agreement. The agreement burdens Okinawa with hosting the bulk of American troops in Japan.
The killing of the local woman set off outrage on Okinawa. Tensions on the island periodically run high over crime linked to American troops. Aformer Marine, was arrested on May 19 on suspicion of abandoning the woman’s body. He has not yet been charged with killing her.