The prefecture hosts around half of the 50,000 troops and contractors in the country.
The police received an emergency call at around 7:25 a.m. after the two had initially been found bleeding at the apartment in the town of Chatan, and confirmed their deaths later at the scene. The police said the woman's child witnessed the incident when it happened in the early morning and called a relative, who in turn notified law enforcement.More news: Killed Since Fighting Broke out in Libya
Police said a bloodstained knife was found in the apartment near the man and believe he killed the woman, and then stabbed himself.More news: Star Wars Vader Immortal VR Series Trailer Reveals Story, Gameplay
William Hagerty, the USA ambassador to Japan, promised full cooperation with the investigation, according to a statement. The statement said: "This is an absolute tragedy and we are fully committed to supporting the investigation".
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Japan hosts a large number of U.S. military bases and personnel across the country and notably in Okinawa. Tokyo shuns local authorities when they attempt to oppose the presence of American troops in Okinawa, saying it is necessary for national security.