Tags: caroline kennedy | japan | welcome

Caroline Kennedy Welcomed to Japan on First Trip as US Ambassador

Tuesday, 19 Nov 2013 06:29 PM

By Morgan Chilson

Thousands lined Tokyo streets Tuesday to welcome Caroline Kennedy as U.S. ambassador, shouting “Kennedy-san!” as she arrived in a horse-drawn carriage to meet with Japan’s Emperor Akihito.

In what Agence France-Presse termed a “rare public display of affection for a foreign dignitary,” the crowds cheered for the elaborate procession. Kennedy met only briefly with Akihito to give him a letter from President Barack Obama, a formality that confirmed her position as the country’s new ambassador.

Editor's Note: ObamaCare Is Here. Are You Prepared?

Japan holds high expectations for Kennedy, 55, hoping the well-connected child of John F. Kennedy can work with Obama to address some issues, The Associated Press said.

“What’s important here is her strong pipeline with Obama and an ability to be able to pick up the phone and speak with Obama directly in the middle of the night for consultation on urgent matters," Ryuichi Teshima, professor of diplomacy in Tokyo, told the AP.

Onlookers appreciated Kennedy’s connection to her famous father, but also to her mother, Jacqueline Kennedy.

"I'm very excited to have seen her because I was a big fan of her mother Jacqueline-san," Shizuko Harada, 68, told AFP.

Kennedy is the first female ambassador to the country. She said in a speech when she arrived Friday, AFP reported, that “Our alliance is critical to a prosperous and peaceful world.”

Kennedy is considered a diplomatic novice, AFP said, and there’s some concern about her appointment because of the tense relationship between Japan and China.

Kennedy picked her inauguration into the Japanese culture to forge ahead into another world — she recently opened a Twitter account. Her bio there, presented also in Japanese, is short: “U.S. Ambassador to Japan, wife, mother, author, lawyer, long-distance swimmer, candy lover, @RedSox fan.

Editor's Note: Do You Support Obamacare? Vote in Urgent National Poll

Related Stories:

© 2015 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

The 2016 'Book Race': GOP Candidates Like Ben Carson, Huckabee Sell Like Hotcakes

Friday, 30 Jan 2015 20:50 PM

If potential Republican presidential candidates' recent book sales are a strong indication of their electability, then B . . .

Smoke on Boston Train Scares Passengers Who Bust Out Windows to Escape

Friday, 30 Jan 2015 19:37 PM

A commute on Boston's Red Line Thursday morning turned into chaos as smoke filled the train and passengers broke out win . . .

Seth Jackson Sentence: Foster Dad Gets 32 Months in Hot Car Death

Friday, 30 Jan 2015 18:50 PM

Kansas foster dad Seth Jackson was sentenced to 32 months in prison Friday for the July death of a 10-month-old girl who . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved