By Ed Krayewski
April 3, 2013
President Obama may be just weeks away from selecting Caroline Kennedy, JFK?s daughter, as U.S. ambassador to Japan. It?s a choice as unserious as it appears.
Writing for Foreign Policy, Clyde Prestowitz reviews the history of post-world war II ambassadors to Japan, starting with JFK?s nomination of Harvard Japan scholar Edwin Reischauer in 1961. That nomination, Prestowitz says, signaled to Japan that Kennedy was serious about the country and its relationship with the U.S. It led to the nominations of people like Mike Mansfield, a former Senate majority leader, and Tom Foley, a former Speaker of the House. Barack Obama broke that mold, according to Prestowitz, when he selected a top fundraiser from Silicon Valley to represent the U.S. in Japan during his first term. As for Caroline Kennedy? Writes Prestowitz:
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