Japan's Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya says he intends to ask the US military to ensure discipline and order are in place among US forces stationed in Okinawa.
Iwaya spoke to reporters on Tuesday about an apparent murder-suicide in Chatan Town earlier this month. A 32-year-old Marine is believed to have killed his 44-year-old Japanese girlfriend and then taken his own life.
Iwaya said the case is still under investigation, but it is extremely regrettable that such an incident has taken place. He said he offers his sincere condolences to the victim's family.
The defense minister said he will ask US troops to take thorough measures to prevent a recurrence and not cause anxiety among local residents.