Caroline Kennedy, daughter of the assassinated U.S. President John F. Kennedy, is making a late start to her political career.
She is the new American ambassador to Japan, her first high profile job in public office.
Kennedy, the first female U.S. ambassador to Japan, was an early and prominent supporter of Barack Obama in his initial quest for the presidency in 2008, and also campaigned for him.
Shortly after touching down in Tokyo she paid tribute to her father: “I am also proud to carry forward my father’s legacy of public service. He had hoped to be the first United States president to visit Japan. So it is a special honour for me to be able to work to strengthen the close ties between our two great countries,” she said.
Although Caroline’s father visited Japan once in 1951, he never made the trip as president.
Her own associations with the land of the rising sun go back many years. She studied Japanese art and history growing up and has made several trips to the country. She also visited Japan on her honeymoon.
Caroline is the only surviving child of President Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline. Her brother John F.
Kennedy, Jr, died in a 1999 plane crash, while an older sister was stillborn and another brother died within days of his premature birth while Kennedy was president.
The 55-year-old lawyer takes up the post a week before the 50th anniversary of her father’s killing.