U.S. to name Caroline Kennedy as next ambassador to Japan

July 13, 2013

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Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of former U.S. President John F. Kennedy, will become the first female U.S. ambassador to Japan, according to several sources in the Japanese and U.S. governments.

As she comes from a well-known political family, Japanese government officials are said to welcome her appointment as a sign that the Obama administration considers the relationship with Japan an important one.

The U.S. government’s vetting process into Kennedy's financial assets and her ties with Japan is believed to have been completed by July 12. A formal announcement of her appointment is expected soon.

Kennedy was one of the first to express her support for Barack Obama as a presidential candidate for the Democratic Party during the 2008 election. Her endorsement is said to have influenced Obama's eventual nomination as the Democratic candidate. She also contributed to both of Obama's presidential campaigns through fund-raising efforts.

An attorney, Kennedy has never held a political or diplomatic position. She has worked in the publishing industry and heads a foundation related to her father.

Kennedy's predecessor as ambassador to Japan, John Roos, is also a lawyer who played a key role in fund-raising for Obama's first presidential campaign.

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