Senate Confirms Caroline Kennedy As Ambassador to Japan

The daughter of JFK was approved unanimously

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In this Aug. 28, 2013, file photo, Caroline Kennedy speaks at the Let Freedom Ring ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, in Washington.

Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of the late President John F. Kennedy, is the new U.S. ambassador to Japan.

Kennedy’s nomination to the post was confirmed unanimously by the Senate late Wednesday night, after the chamber voted to end the government shutdown and raise the debt limit. Kennedy was nominated for the post by President Barack Obama after assisting in his 2012 re-election bid, the Associated Press reports.

In her confirmation hearing, Kennedy said she would carry on her father’s legacy while representing the U.S. in Japan.

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15 comments
thetimkai
thetimkai

I hope it's not Nepotism?

After John Roos we need someone competent in Japan.

We need to reunite with our children, Former Ambassador john Roos neglected to face the problem within Japan of Left behind parents. Japans failure to sign the Hague convention and apply the law to Foreigners within Japan. He was absent in our fight and often referred to the North Koreans who abducted Japanese citizens in which Japan is responsible for hundreds of children who have been abducted and alienated from their parents within and outside Japan,

In Japan the law protects the mother and leaves the Father with no rights. Which is utterly one sided and not fair and violates Human rights, Parents rights and doesn't take into consideration the mental health of the children

Japan needs to be accountable for it's atrocious Family court system and the bullying that is allowed under its current laws by the mothers. Humans deserve equal rights. Especially in developed countries!

Ambassador Kennedy, I hope it's indeed not Nepotism, and you ask what you can do for your country but not what your country can do for you.

Best Wishes,

Tim Johnston Japan

Kai Endo Japan

thetimkai
thetimkai

WELCOME AMBASSADOR KENNEDY,
 
I hope you plan to help the LEFT BEHIND PARENTS IN JAPAN to get some access to our children as you have promised!
I indeed hope you're a woman of honor and do hope you can make your late Father JFK proud of you, as I'm sure he would be, IF you do the right thing?.
I'm an American citizen in Japan but have been denied equal access rights to have visitation of my only son Kai Endo.
Japan has promised for the last 2 years, but the Government changes like a daily show at Disney land, so things move slower than ever here in Japan.
All of the Left behind parents can't endure this pain any longer. It causes us daily grief and stress to not have equal rights for Our children within Japan.and we urge you to do the right thing and help us all here and within the other respected countries that are facing the same injustice.
We have endured human right violations for countless decades with our children living here in Japan. If you go to the BACHOME.ORG homepage. There is a video in which you promise you will indeed help the abducted and alienated children within Japan.
(So many politicians talk the talk before they take office, Please leave a legacy like you great late Father and keep your Promises)
So, Ambassador Kennedy I ask you this............
My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.
John F. Kennedy
Please make your father proud and make me to be a Proud Father!!
Best wishes,
TIM JOHNSTON JAPAN
Father of:
KAI ENDO JAPAN

GumpChun
GumpChun

This is a terrific appointment. Caroline will be treasured by the Japanese and has s real sense of grace, a refreshing sense of quiet calm, and a noble gravitas that is so hard to find in today's days of relentless drum-beating and self-promotion. These are perfectly matched to the unshowy but 100% committed Japanese temperament; she'll be able to tune in on their wavelength. She truly listens, hears and feels what other people and groups are saying, and that is very important in Japan. Plus she can do all the policy. A perfect match for Caroline. 

It is going to be tricky, however, as she negotiates Japanese, Korean and Chinese concerns and conflicts. I wish her luck.  


kathy
kathy

I'm pretty most of the Japanese people will believe themselves honored that Caroline Kennedy is an ambassador to their country, and they're right.

And there's this from the NYTimes:

“What you really want in an ambassador is someone who can get the president of the United States on the phone,” Mr. Campbell said. “I can’t think of anybody in the United States who could do that more quickly than Caroline Kennedy.”

Her stature, he said, should assuage Japan’s worries that in Washington, Tokyo takes a back seat to Beijing. The current ambassador to China, Gary F. Locke, was commerce secretary during Mr. Obama’s first term, but he hardly knows the president as well as Ms. Kennedy does.

LindaNelsonHenman
LindaNelsonHenman

BS to the commentators who condone this blatant nepatism(spelling?).  It's disgusting.  The girl has no more credentials  to be an ambassador to Japan than the clerk at WalMart.  She's grabbing onto her father's shirttails and the senate and president are being dishonest to the hilt in allowing this.   In doing so; they robbed some poor smuck who worked and paid his dues and was not selected due to this obvious 'favortism'.  It's a sad state of affairs when thieves and robbers who are forthright about what they are have more respect than the White House personnel. 

buffalo.barnes102
buffalo.barnes102

A nice little "mint on the pillow" for trotting out the Kennedy name here and there. I was thinking maybe she would be a better fit in Afghanistan or Russia. Step up to the plate, so to speak.

eagle11772
eagle11772

And exactly WHAT makes her qualified for this taxpayer-paid position ???  Is she fluent in Japanese ?  Is she knowledgeable in Japanese history, culture and customs ?  Or is her qualifications that her chauffeur once drove her past a Japanese restaurant in New York ?

jsfox
jsfox

@LindaNelsonHenman Learn the definition of nepotism. Nepotism: Favoritism shown or patronage granted to relatives. Last time I checked Caroline is not related to President Obama. Next do you have any idea who becomes Ambassadors? Mostly people who have worked hard for the President during campaigns and can be a good face for the country. Caroline fits both these requirements perfectly. next Ambassadors as a general rule have little to do with foreign policy other than carrying out the dictates of State.

LindaNelsonHenman
LindaNelsonHenman

Amen Eagle:  you took the words out of my mouth.  She was handed this beyond high paying job with all the prestige that goes with it 'on a silver platter' whereby some White House person who was looking forward and paying his dues to get the job - got the shaft instead.  Disgusting!

LizFeeser-Regan
LizFeeser-Regan

@eagle11772 how do you know what her qualifications are she has traveled all over the world, is well educated and is also very well respected. I Frankly think she will be a great Ambassador to any country. 

jsfox
jsfox

@eagle11772 Oh good grief. She is probably more knowledgable than most ambassadors to any industrialized nation. You really don't know very much about this stuff do you?

ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

@eagle11772 She has the same qualifications as the Bush 1, Ray-Gun, and Bush 2 representatives had-she has a name that the Japanese revere and she is well-respected in the US diplomatic circles.  There is professional staff that take care of the day-to-day details IN EVERY EMBASSY. 

LindaNelsonHenman
LindaNelsonHenman

jsfox:  you miss the point oh wise one.  Do you really think this woman would be elected or even in politics if it wasn't for her father's accomplishments?  I find it disgusting that ANONE gets a job regardles of their lack of credentials because of who they know.  It happens all over America in the job market - look at your local state, national gvt. employee directories - they're loaded with 'same names - because someone else got someone in their family the job.  You don't get more dishonest than this.  When done it takes away frm someone else who paid their dues to get the job and got f_____ instead.  HR depts should be called to task for this.

LindaNelsonHenman
LindaNelsonHenman

jsfox:  More or less knowledgeable - there are others who are equally as qualified but didn't get the job beause of who her name is.  You obviously don't know much about this stuff do you?  How nice for you to be so sheltered in your life.  Bias is out there raging like a roaring lion cutting good people who paid their dues out of jobs because someone in the point of authority 'chose' to use bias and favortism in their selection. As said before a thief is more honorable-you know what you're getting with him. 

jsfox
jsfox

Oh good grief, Ambassadorships to places like Japan, France, Great Britain, the Vatican and few other industrialized nations rave given out as rewards to big supporters. And bias? Your hate far out weighs any bias I might or might have.