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U.S. envoy Rahm Emanuel arrives in Japan, ready to deepen alliance

Tokyo hopes ex-Chicago mayor's ties with Biden and Democratic leaders open doors

U.S. Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel arrives at Tokyo's Haneda Airport with his wife, Amy, on Jan. 23. (Photo by Hirofumi Yamamoto)

TOKYO -- Rahm Emanuel, the new American ambassador to Japan, arrived Sunday afternoon at Tokyo's Haneda Airport on a commercial flight, and the former Chicago mayor will begin his duties in full stride after a pandemic quarantine period.

The U.S. will have an ambassador in Japan for the first time since July 2019, after Bill Hagerty stepped down to run for a Senate seat.

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