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Attendance by women at an annual self-defense seminar in Uruma, Okinawa Prefecture, increased fivefold this year amid heightened concern following the recent murder of a local woman allegedly at the hands of a U.S. base worker.

Hosted by Uruma Police Station, as many as 150 women took part in Monday’s seminar, which is traditionally held at the beginning of summer, a time when sex crimes peak.

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