President Barack Obama has nominated Caroline Kennedy, the New York City-born daughter of President John F. Kennedy, to be ambassador to Japan.
Kennedy, 55, would become the first woman to hold the post of ambassador to Japan, if she is confirmed by the U.S Senate.
While she has never served in public office, Kennedy, was a strong supporter of Obama during his 2008 presidential campaign, and then praised the president during a speech in the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
She was briefly considered in 2009 by then-Governor David Paterson to replace Hillary Clinton in the Senate, but Kirsten Gillibrand was eventually selected.
Kennedy's grandfather, Joseph P. Kennedy Sr., served as the ambassador to Great Britain under President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and her aunt, Jean Kennedy Smith, was ambassador to Ireland under President Bill Clinton.