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President Biden taps former Ambassador to Japan Kennedy as envoy to Australia 

  • December 17, 2021
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All national dailies wrote that the White House announced on Wednesday that President Biden has nominated former U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy to serve as the ambassador to Australia. The reports also said that Kennedy became the first female U.S. ambassador to Japan when she served in the post from 2013 to 2017 under the Obama administration. The dailies noted that Ambassador Kennedy contributed to realizing two historic events for the United States and Japan—President Obama’s visit to Hiroshima and Prime Minister Abe’s trip to Pearl Harbor. She was awarded Japan’s Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun for enhancing bilateral ties and promoting friendship between the two countries. The papers speculated that the Biden administration is hoping to further strengthen ties with Australia by having her serve as the U.S. ambassador there. 

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