The daughter of former U.S. president John F. Kennedy, Caroline Kennedy, which is one of the most fervent supporters of President Obama, was sworn in on Tuesday as the U.S. ambassador to Japan. Kennedy will leave to Tokyo on Thursday.
The 55-year-old lawyer has no special expertise in Japan. However, she has close relationships with the White House, according to the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
Japan “knows that it is getting an envoy who has the ear of the president,” Kerry said. “And that, as we all know, is a vital thing in the conduct of foreign policy.”
Kennedy assumes her position in a time when Shinzo Abe is trying to expand the professional and economic role of women in Japan, with the U.S. politician being the first woman to serve as the American ambassador in Tokyo, the international press reports.
“The arrival of the first woman ambassador is absolutely great for my country,” said Kenichiro Sasae, Japan’s ambassador to Washington.
Based on Kennedy’s close relations with the White House, her naming as ambassador is most likely a sign of Tokyo’s growing influence in Washington, the media comments.
Kennedy’s close relationship with the White House has been the subject of speculation in Asia, and her appointment as ambassador will most likely be seen as an indication of Tokyo’s growing influence in Washington.
Kennedy said that Japan remained the United States “most important ally.”