New Ambassador Kennedy Heads to JFK-Friendly Japan

Sworn in by John Kerry; leaves US tomorrow
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Nov 13, 2013 8:23 AM CST
Japanese Ambassador to the US Kenichiro Sasae watches as new ambassador Caroline Kennedy drinks during a traditional tea ceremony at the Japanese ambassador's residence in Washington, Nov. 12, 2013.   (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
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(Newser) – Caroline Kennedy is the US ambassador to Japan following a swearing-in ceremony at the State department yesterday. After John Kerry administered the oath, the new ambassador, the secretary of state, and others headed to the Japanese ambassador's residence for a reception, the Washington Post reports. "My husband and I and my children are so excited to be going to Japan," Kennedy told reporters, per the AP.

"We look forward to meeting as many people as we can, to making new friends, visiting, and studying the history and culture of this beautiful country that is such a strong partner to the United States," she said. Making new friends shouldn't be difficult, the Los Angeles Times points out: Kennedy's father remains popular in the country. The JFK Club Japan meets twice a year, and it's not the only Kennedy fan club. Caroline Kennedy heads to Japan tomorrow, the AP notes.

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