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Japanese police say an Okinawa-based Marine was killed when his motorcycle collided with a car in Chatan town, Wednesday, June 2, 2021.

Japanese police say an Okinawa-based Marine was killed when his motorcycle collided with a car in Chatan town, Wednesday, June 2, 2021. (Akifumi Ishikawa/Stars and Stripes)

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — An Okinawa-based Marine was killed Wednesday night after a collision between his motorcycle and a car in Chatan town, Japanese police said.

The 22-year-old Marine’s rank was unknown to an Okinawa police spokesman who spoke to Stars and Stripes by phone Friday evening. Marine officials did not respond to requests seeking comment Friday evening.

The service member, whose name Stars and Stripes is withholding pending notification of next of kin, was assigned to Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, the police spokesman said.

The crash occurred at an intersection of Route 58 in the Hamagawa area of Chatan town at approximately 9:45 p.m., the spokesman said. The Marine was traveling north on Route 58 when he collided with a car driven by Isamu Kamiya, 57, who was making a right turn.

The Marine was rushed to a nearby hospital where he died from blood loss at approximately 10:51 p.m., the spokesman said. Kamiya suffered minor injuries.

Both drivers had a green light at the time of the crash, the police spokesman said. The incident is under investigation.

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Matthew M. Burke has been reporting from Okinawa for Stars and Stripes since 2014. The Massachusetts native and UMass Amherst alumnus previously covered Sasebo Naval Base and Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, for the newspaper. His work has also appeared in the Boston Globe, Cape Cod Times and other publications.
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Hana Kusumoto is a reporter/translator who has been covering local authorities in Japan since 2002. She was born in Nagoya, Japan, and lived in Australia and Illinois growing up. She holds a journalism degree from Boston University and previously worked for the Christian Science Monitor’s Tokyo bureau.

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