Newly confirmed U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy will arrive in Tokyo on Nov 15, Japanese media reported Thursday.
Kennedy, 55, will arrive in Japan just on week short of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of her father President John F Kennedy in Dallas.
Kennedy will be the first woman to fill the post of U.S. ambassador to Japan.
A lawyer and president of the John F Kennedy Library Foundation, Kennedy sailed through a friendly confirmation hearing last month. Members of the Foreign Relations Committee spoke fondly of her father and uncles, who served in the Senate.
Kennedy's appointment lends the prestige of a storied political dynasty to the U.S. relationship with Japan, a particularly close and important ally. Many past ambassadors have been well-known political figures, including former Vice President Walter Mondale.
She noted during her confirmation hearing on Sept 19 that her father had hoped to be the first sitting U.S. president to make a state visit to Japan.© Japan Today/Thomson Reuters