Obama to Nominate Caroline Kennedy as Ambassador to Japan

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President Obama will nominate Caroline Kennedy as the new ambassador to Japan on Wednesday, according to a report from the Associated Press. Kennedy, whose nomination to the post has been anticipated for some time, was a major supporter of Obama during his run for the presidency. 

The former first daughter would become the first female ambassador to the country, according to the AP. But she'd be just the latest famous ambassador: 

Japan is used to having prominent Americans serve as envoys. Former U.S. ambassadors to Japan include former Vice President Walter Mondale, former House Speaker Tom Foley and former Senate Majority Leaders Mike Mansfield and Howard Baker.

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