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U.S. President Barack Obama attends a press conference with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe after a bilateral meeting during the 2016 Ise-Shima G7 Summit in Shima, Japan May 25, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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ISE-SHIMA, Japan (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday he lodged a stern protest WITH U.S. President Barack Obama following the arrest last week of a U.S. base worker in connection with the death of a Japanese woman in Okinawa, southern Japan.

"As Japanese prime minister, I protested sternly to President Obama over the recent incident in Okinawa," Abe told a news conference, flanked by the president ahead of a Group of Seven summit meeting starting on Thursday.

"I feel strong indignation about the selfish and extremely mean crime," Abe said.

(Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka; Editing by William Mallard)

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