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No 4th of July fireworks and celebrations for military families stationed in Japan

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Okinawa basesTOKYO — There will be no Fourth of July for American troops in Japan this year due to restrictions imposed after a former U.S. Marine was accused of murdering and raping a woman on .

The U.S. Navy said Thursday it has cancelled planned annual Independence Day at its bases as part of an order for all American troops in Japan.

The killing of the woman, whose body was found in May, triggered outrage on the southern island, where tensions frequently rise over U.S. military-linked crime.

The suspect, a U.S. contractor and former Marine, is charged with abandoning the woman’s body, with murder and rape charges pending.

The U.S. Marine Corps and the Navy then imposed restrictions on their personnel, though some by the Navy have been eased.

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