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Caroline Kennedy: The first woman as US ambassador to Japan?

Caroline Kennedy was nominated to be the next US ambassador to Japan. If confirmed, Caroline Kennedy would follow in the footsteps of  her grandfather Joseph P. Kennedy Sr. and her aunt, Jean Kennedy Smith, who were also ambassadors.

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Then-Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, (D) of Illinois. shares a moment with Caroline Kennedy in 2008. Obama nominated Kennedy as ambassador to Japan.

(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

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President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that he is nominating former first daughter Caroline Kennedy as U.S. ambassador to Japan, offering the most famous living member of a prominent American family a new role of service to country.

Kennedy, an attorney and bestselling book editor, is being rewarded for helping put Obama in the White House where her father served until his assassination 50 years ago. If confirmed, she would be the first woman in a post where many other prominent Americans have served to strengthen a vital Asian tie.

Kennedy helped propel Obama to the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination in a celebrated endorsement over Hillary Rodham Clinton — the only time she's endorsed a presidential candidate other than her uncle Ted Kennedy in 1980. She played a prominent role, particularly in courting female voters by headlining swing state events for Obama during both his presidential campaigns.

She was a co-chair of Obama's vice presidential search committee and in the 2012 race served as one of 35 national co-chairs of his re-election campaign. She called Obama "the kind of leader my father wrote about in 'Profiles in Courage'" during a prime-time speech at the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

The White House announced her nomination without any particular fanfare, listing her in a news release along with other selections for administration posts. Obama said in a statement that all the choices bring "a depth of experience and tremendous dedication to their new roles," but he offered no comment specific to Kennedy.

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