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U.S. envoy Emanuel wants to win Okinawa trust, one avocado at a time

Ambassador to Japan opens farmers' market at Marine Base Camp Hansen

Rahm Emanuel, the U.S. ambassador to Japan, shakes hands with a local vendor at the new farmers' market at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, on Oct. 30.    © U.S. Embassy in Japan

TOKYO -- Last week, hundreds of U.S. marines were aboard the amphibious transport dock USS New Orleans in the Philippine Sea training to improve their battle readiness.

The vessel (also known as a landing platform dock) specializes in delivering marines and their equipment rapidly to war zones -- a scenario that looks increasingly possible in the Taiwan Strait or the South China Sea as the U.S. and China battle for influence in the region.

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