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Okinawa murder aftermath: US to amend Status of Forces Agreement

The US military and its civilian contractors in Japan currently have immunity from local prosecution under the Status of Forces Agreement. That agreement came under fire after the recent Okinawa murder case involving a former US marine who was working for the military as a civilian contractor. The United States now says it will amend the Status of Forces Agreement to limit legal protections and benefits to some US civilian contractors, although most personnel will still not be subject to Japanese law.

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