Caroline Kennedy was sworn in on Tuesday as the Ambassador to Japan. She will be the first female ambassador to the country, taking over for John Roos. Kennedy was sworn in with a private ceremony in Secretary of State John Kerry's office, and then celebrated the occasion at a reception (pictured above) at the residence of Kenichiro Sasae, the Japanese ambassador to the U.S.
Though this is Kennedy's first government position, Kerry expressed confidence in her ability to serve as ambassador, telling reporters that Japan “knows that it is getting an envoy who has the ear of the president.” Kennedy had previously sought the senate seat Hillary Clinton vacated when she joined President Obama's cabinet in 2008, but under close scrutiny, she dropped the bid citing personal reasons. In 2012, she served as a co-chair on Obama's reelection campaign.
Kennedy told reporters, "We look forward to meeting as many people as we can, to making new friends, visiting and studying the history and culture of this beautiful country that is such a strong partner to the United States in so many important efforts."
The Los Angeles Times notes that Caroline's father, former President John F. Kennedy has a small but fervent following in Japan. Kennedy's role as the first female ambassador to the country "coincides with a call by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to expand the professional and economic role of women in Japan," as The New York Times pointed out.