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Ambassador Kennedy prepares to leave Japan

Tuesday’s Sankei wrote that Ambassador Kennedy will have a farewell audience with the Emperor and Empress on Tuesday in preparation for her departure from Japan in the near future. The paper said the Ambassador has been praised for her ability to coordinate between Washington and Tokyo over difficult issues, including the U.S. base realignment in Okinawa. According to the daily, her paving the way for President Obama’s visit to Hiroshima in May last year was one of her major achievements as Ambassador. The paper also wrote that Ambassador Kennedy made several visits to the areas hit hard by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami and promoted study abroad and other grass-roots exchanges between the U.S. and Japan.

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