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  1. Japan, US agree to narrow definition of workers on US bases

Japan, US agree to narrow definition of workers on US bases

Japan and the U.S. have agreed to narrow the scope of civilians working at American military bases given immunity from Japanese prosecution under a bilateral agreement.

By: | Tokyo | Updated: July 5, 2016 11:56 AM
Education and monitoring of American troops and the base workers will be enhanced to ensure their law-abiding commitment. (Reuters) Education and monitoring of American troops and the base workers will be enhanced to ensure their law-abiding commitment. (Reuters)

Japan and the US have agreed to narrow the scope of civilians working at American military bases given immunity from Japanese prosecution under a bilateral agreement, a step to address Okinawa’s outrage over a recent murder case on the island involving a Marine-turned-contractor.

The two governments said Tuesday that civilians covered by the Status of Forces Agreement will be limited to those who meet more specific criteria than the current definition.

Education and monitoring of American troops and the base workers will be enhanced to ensure their law-abiding commitment.

The May arrest of a Kadena Air Base contractor, accused of murdering and raping a 20-year-old local woman has sparked renewed outrage on Okinawa, where resentment has been simmering over its heavy US troop presence and crime linked to the bases.

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