Washington: U.S. President Barack Obama has nominated Caroline Kennedy, daughter of former president John F Kennedy, as his next envoy to Japan.
If confirmed by the Senate, Ms. Kennedy would replace U.S. Ambassador to Japan John Roos, who has been serving in this position since 2009.
Mr. Obama made the announcement along with nomination of some other key administration post, including Marcel Lettre as the Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defence for Intelligence, Department of Defence.
“These fine public servants both bring a depth of experience and tremendous dedication to their new roles. Our nation will be well-served by these individuals, and I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come,” Mr. Obama said in a statement.
President of the John F Kennedy Library Foundation and Chair of the Senior Advisory Committee of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University, Caroline is the editor of several New York Times best-selling books on topics including constitutional law, American history, politics, and poetry.
In September 2012, she was appointed as a General Trustee of the Board of Trustees of the John F Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts.
From 2002 to 2012, she served as Vice Chair of the Fund for Public Schools in New York City.
She is also on the Board of Directors of New Visions for Public Schools and serves as Honorary Chair of the American Ballet Theatre.
From 1998 to 2009, she served on the Board of Directors of the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People Legal Defence and Educational Fund.
From 1994 to 2011, she served on the Board of Directors of the Commission on Presidential Debates.