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Caroline Kennedy nominated as ambassador to Japan

  • FILE - In this Tuesday, March 26, 2013 FILE photo, Caroline Kennedy speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in New York. AP sources say President Barack Obama is nominating Kennedy as ambassador to Japan. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

    FILE - In this Tuesday, March 26, 2013 FILE photo, Caroline Kennedy speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in New York. AP sources say President Barack Obama is nominating Kennedy as ambassador to Japan. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

  • FILE -  In this April 20, 2008 file photo, then-Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. shares a moment with Caroline Kennedy before addressing supporters at a rally in Scranton, Pa. AP sources say Obama is nominating Kennedy as ambassador to Japan.  (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

    FILE - In this April 20, 2008 file photo, then-Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. shares a moment with Caroline Kennedy before addressing supporters at a rally in Scranton, Pa. AP sources say Obama is nominating Kennedy as ambassador to Japan. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

  • FILE - In this Tuesday, March 26, 2013 FILE photo, Caroline Kennedy speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in New York. AP sources say President Barack Obama is nominating Kennedy as ambassador to Japan. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
  • FILE -  In this April 20, 2008 file photo, then-Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. shares a moment with Caroline Kennedy before addressing supporters at a rally in Scranton, Pa. AP sources say Obama is nominating Kennedy as ambassador to Japan.  (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

President Obama announced yesterday that he is nominating former first daughter Caroline Kennedy as U.S. ambassador to Japan, offering the most famous living member of a prominent American family a new role of service to country.

Kennedy, an attorney and bestselling book editor, is being rewarded for helping put Obama in the White House where her father served until his assassination 50 years ago. If confirmed, she would be the first woman in a post where many other prominent Americans have served to strengthen a vital Asian tie.

Kennedy helped propel Obama to the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination in a celebrated endorsement over Hillary Clinton – the only time she’s endorsed a presidential candidate other than her uncle Ted Kennedy in 1980. She was a co-chair of Obama’s vice presidential search committee and in the 2012 race served as one of 35 national co-chairs of his re-election campaign.

The White House announced her nomination without any particular fanfare, listing her in a news release along with other selections for administration posts. Obama said in a statement that all the choices bring “a depth of experience and tremendous dedication to their new roles,” but he offered no comment specific to Kennedy.

Japan is one of the United States’s most important commercial and military partners and accustomed since the end of World War II to having renowned American political leaders serve as envoy.

The Associated Press

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