Japanese prosecutors have indicted a U.S. sailor in connection with the death of a Japanese woman.
William Oliver Reese, 21, is accused of robbing and fatally beating 56-year-old Yoshie Sato on January 3.
Japanese authorities say the attack occurred near the U.S. Navy base in Yokosuka, southwest of Tokyo.
Reese is stationed on the USS Kitty Hawk aircraft carrier.
The homicide has rekindled concerns about crimes committed by U.S. military personnel in Japan.
In 1995, Japanese citizens protested against the U.S. military presence after the rape of a schoolgirl in Okinawa.
This latest incident comes during a crucial time as Washington and Tokyo discuss the reorganization of U.S. troops in Japan.
Roughly 50,000 American troops are stationed in Japan.
Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.