The Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmed on Wednesday that Caroline Kennedy, a nominee for the United States’ next ambassador to Japan, has been set for a confirmation hearing next Thursday. The daughter of former U.S. President John F. Kennedy, Jr. was officially nominated by President Barack Obama to take the diplomatic post despite her lack of practical experience in diplomatic relations.
As a nominee to become U.S. ambassador to Japan, Kennedy is expected to state her thoughts concerning bilateral issues with Japan as well as those taking place in the northeast Asian region, especially on issues involving the territorial dispute with China over the islands of Senkaku and with South Korea over the Takeshima islets. It is also expected that she will be asked questions regarding the relocation of the Futenma base in Okinawa. Questions about the nuclear power program of North Korea will most likely be asked during the confirmation hearing.
Kennedy, who campaigned for Obama during the 2008 and 2012 U.S. presidential elections, is a lawyer by profession. As preparation for the confirmation hearing and the ambassador’s post, Kennedy made intensive studies on US-Japan relations as well as the Northeast Asian affairs at the U.S. State Department. A Senate vote will succeed the hearing before she can be officially appointed as the next U.S. Ambassador to Japan. She can then take her post as early as October this year. If appointed, Caroline Kennedy will be the first woman to take the U.S. ambassador’s office, which John Roos previously held until his term ended in August.
[via Global Post]