US Soldier kills Japanese man in hit-and-run

An American soldier admitted that he may have hit and killed a Japanese man in southern Okinawa, the New York
times said.

James Woodward, the commander of the U.S. base in Okinawa informed Japanese police that a soldier was arrested in connection with a hit-and-run that killed a 66 year old man, ABC News said.

Japan's Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama demanded that the U.S. military hand the suspect over to Japanese police, ABC News said.

The U.S. does not have to hand over American personnel accused of a crime that occurred off-base unless they are charged, the New York Times said.

Several crimes, including rapes by U.S. personnel, have sparked protest in Okinawa for years, ABC News said.



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