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Caroline Kennedy’s nomination to be America’s next ambassador to Japan has received modest attention in the United States. She has been relegated to brief reports and the back pages, a loyal Democrat from a storied family winning, despite scant government experience, a plum foreign post.
In Japan, however, her pending confirmation is generating intense interest, not just because her political celebrity is perceived to confer high diplomatic status on America’s crucial ally, but because the remaining glow of Camelot will soon be cast on Japanese shores.
From newspaper editorials and glossy magazines to public forums and television programs that dissect her every move — including a recent water-skiing outing — Japan’s embrace of President John F. Kennedy’s only surviving child being nominated to the Tokyo post has bordered on glee.