Obama Nominates Caroline Kennedy to be Ambassador to Japan

New York Times

Published: July 24, 2013

WASHINGTON — President Obama on Wednesday nominated Caroline Kennedy to be ambassador to Japan, moving to give a scion of America’s most enduring political dynasty a diplomatic post that has often gone to political heavyweights.

Caroline Kennedy in February. Analysts said that her lasting ties to President Obama would come in useful in Japan.

In naming Ms. Kennedy, whose nomination has been rumored for months, Mr. Obama is keeping with a well-established tradition of rewarding important campaign supporters with plum embassies. He recently put forward big-dollar fund-raisers to be envoys in London, Berlin, Copenhagen and Madrid.