U.S. civilians in Japan to be afforded less legal protection

 

BY JULIAN RYALL

Japan Correspondent

 

TOKYO — Japan and the United States have reached agreement on a new Status of Forces Agreement that will provide less legal protection for U.S. civilian employees accused of committing a crime in Japan.

The changes have been agreed upon after a fierce backlash from Okinawa residents after the alleged abduction, rape and murder of a local woman in April. Kenneth Franklin Shinzato, a 32-year-old civilian employee at Kadena Air Base, has been indicted on charges of the rape and murder of 20-year-old Rina Shimabukuro.

Shinzato, who has taken . . .

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