Sushi and robots, not sanctions and trade agreements–On President Obama’s visit to Asia, we’ve seen him eat $300 sushi, view an archery demonstration and play soccer with a robot. What we haven’t seen is any movement on a key Pacific region trade agreement, any sort of development on new sanctions against Russia over its actions in Ukraine, or any pivot on the troubled U.S. effort to get chemical weapons out of Syria. On Thursday the president moves from Japan to South Korea.
(CNN) - Caroline Kennedy on Tuesday stepped before an emperor and into a new global limelight, along a path paved by her father.
Arriving at Tokyo's Imperial Palace in a maroon horse-drawn carriage, the 55-year-old presented Emperor Akihito with her credentials to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to Japan.FULL STORY
Updated 8:33 p.m. ET, 11/12/2013
(CNN) - In a private ceremony Tuesday afternoon at the State Department, Caroline Kennedy was sworn in by Secretary of State John Kerry as U.S. ambassador to Japan.
The event was closed to media, but the State Department released a photo showing a smiling Kennedy dressed in a simple black dress, her right hand raised, her left resting on what looked like a Bible held by her husband, Edwin Schlossberg. Nearby, their son John "Jack" Schlossberg looked on, wearing a dark suit, hands in pockets, his shock of dark hair an uncanny reminder of his deceased uncle, John Kennedy Jr., Caroline's brother.
(CNN) - Caroline Kennedy was confirmed late Wednesday as the new U.S. ambassador to Japan, after being nominated by President Obama in July.
She is the last surviving member of former president John F. Kennedy's immediate family.
Kennedy replaces John Roos, who assumed the role in 2009 and was the first American ambassador to attend commemoration ceremonies for the American atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
After receiving degrees at Harvard and Columbia, Kennedy served in a variety of roles at nonprofits, including the John F. Kennedy Library and the American Ballet Theatre. She has said she will resign from her non-profit positions upon taking up her new role.
Kennedy was a top supporter of President Obama and co-chaired his vice president search committee in 2008.
Washington (CNNMoney) - Disclosure forms filed by Caroline Kennedy, nominated to become U.S. ambassador to Japan, give a rare glimpse at the vast wealth of one of the most high-profile players in Democratic politics.
The forms tally her net worth as high as about $280 million, according to CNNMoney's analysis of the documents. It's hard to get a more precise figure because the forms require nominees to disclose their money in broad categories.FULL STORY
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(CNN) – Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of former President John F. Kennedy and a prominent Democratic backer, was nominated by President Barack Obama Wednesday to serve as U.S. ambassador to Japan.
She would become the first woman to hold the post if she's confirmed by the U.S. Senate. A top supporter of Obama's, she served as the co-chair of his vice presidential search committee in 2008.
(CNN) – Caroline Kennedy has been asked to serve as the U.S. ambassador to Japan and is being vetted for the post, a Democrat familiar with the discussions told CNN on Monday.
Kennedy, the daughter of former President John F. Kennedy, was a top backer of President Barack Obama during both of his presidential campaigns and served as the co-chair of his vice presidential search committee in 2008.
Washington (CNN) - Major donors of President Barack Obama are leading candidates for ambassadorships, Democratic sources tell CNN.
Marc Lasry, founder of Avenue Capital Group and a key Wall Street backer of Obama during the election, is the leading candidate for ambassador to France, according to two Democratic sources.
The Lasrys were passionate supporters of Hillary Clinton during the 2008 primary campaign, but became big Obama bundlers in the last election cycle.
(CNN) - Caroline Kennedy and Jack Schlossberg, the daughter and grandson of former President John F. Kennedy, spoke to CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley in an exclusive interview from the Democratic National Convention floor.
In an op-ed for CNN.com published on Tuesday, Schlossberg urged his generation not to abandon Obama and "throw in the towel now."
"Just because our politics and government can disappoint us sometimes doesn't mean we should forget how far we've come," he wrote.