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NAHA, Okinawa Pref. (Kyodo) U.S. Marines kicked and chopped their way into the local culture Friday during a karate clinic in Okinawa, which has been plagued with crimes committed by military personnel.

About 200 marines from the logistics group based in Urasoe were given lectures on the sprit of Okinawan karate and its basic noncontact “kata” exercise by a local group of martial artists, including the 2008 women’s world champion.

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