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U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy sits for a group photo with (from left to right) Lt. Gen. Salvatore Angelella, commander, US Forces Japan; Ryota Takeda, Japan Parlimentary Senior Vice Minister of Defense, Lt. Gen. Kunisuke Nakashima, Japan Air Self Defense Force vice chief of staff at Yokota Air Base, Japan, on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013.
U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy sits for a group photo with (from left to right) Lt. Gen. Salvatore Angelella, commander, US Forces Japan; Ryota Takeda, Japan Parlimentary Senior Vice Minister of Defense, Lt. Gen. Kunisuke Nakashima, Japan Air Self Defense Force vice chief of staff at Yokota Air Base, Japan, on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013. (James Kimber/Stars and Stripes)
U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy sits for a group photo with (from left to right) Lt. Gen. Salvatore Angelella, commander, US Forces Japan; Ryota Takeda, Japan Parlimentary Senior Vice Minister of Defense, Lt. Gen. Kunisuke Nakashima, Japan Air Self Defense Force vice chief of staff at Yokota Air Base, Japan, on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013.
U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy sits for a group photo with (from left to right) Lt. Gen. Salvatore Angelella, commander, US Forces Japan; Ryota Takeda, Japan Parlimentary Senior Vice Minister of Defense, Lt. Gen. Kunisuke Nakashima, Japan Air Self Defense Force vice chief of staff at Yokota Air Base, Japan, on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013. (James Kimber/Stars and Stripes)
U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy is greeted by U.S. servicemembers as she arrives for a day of meetings with airmen and senior Japanese officials at Yokota Air Base, Japan, on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013.
U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy is greeted by U.S. servicemembers as she arrives for a day of meetings with airmen and senior Japanese officials at Yokota Air Base, Japan, on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013. (James Kimber/Stars and Stripes)
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy meets with Yokota Air Base personnel during a visit to the base Nov. 21, 2013. Kennedy toured both US Air Force and Japan Air Self Defense Force facilities while in Yokota.
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy meets with Yokota Air Base personnel during a visit to the base Nov. 21, 2013. Kennedy toured both US Air Force and Japan Air Self Defense Force facilities while in Yokota. (James Kimber / Stars and Stripes)
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy receives a gift from a young girl whose father is stationed at Yokota Air Base during a visit to the base Nov. 21, 2013. Kennedy toured both US Air Force and Japan Air Self Defense Force facilities while in Yokota.
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy receives a gift from a young girl whose father is stationed at Yokota Air Base during a visit to the base Nov. 21, 2013. Kennedy toured both US Air Force and Japan Air Self Defense Force facilities while in Yokota. (James Kimber / Stars and Stripes)
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy meets with Yokota Air Base personnel during a visit to the base Nov. 21, 2013. Kennedy met with service members and their families while in Yokota.
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy meets with Yokota Air Base personnel during a visit to the base Nov. 21, 2013. Kennedy met with service members and their families while in Yokota. (James Kimber / Stars and Stripes)
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy talks to Yokota Air Base personnel during a visit to the base Nov. 21, 2013. Kennedy met with service members and their families after touring both US Air Force and Japan Air Self Defense Force facilities in Yokota.
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy talks to Yokota Air Base personnel during a visit to the base Nov. 21, 2013. Kennedy met with service members and their families after touring both US Air Force and Japan Air Self Defense Force facilities in Yokota. (James Kimber / Stars and Stripes)

The new U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy, visited Yokota Air Base on Thursday, continuing her week-long agenda of scheduled visits and formal presentations.

The commander of U.S. Forces Japan, Lt. Gen. Sam Angelella, took Kennedy on a tour of the air defense command on base; then it was a brief comment before a few hundred troops and family members at the Enlisted Club.

“For me (the base tour) was a real education – and all the more proud to be able to serve our country here in Japan,” said Kennedy.

Kennedy arrived at Yokota via helicopter Thursday. Yesterday she met with Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and on Tuesday she arrived by horse-drawn carriage for her formal audience with Emperor Akihito.

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