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Japan abuzz at prospect of Ambassador Caroline Kennedy

Seen as bringing status, star power to Tokyo

TOKYO — Caroline Kennedy’s nomination to be America’s next ambassador to Japan has received only modest attention in the United States. She has been relegated to brief reports and the back pages, a loyal Democrat from a storied family who won, despite scant government experience, a plum foreign post.

On this side of the Pacific, however, her pending confirmation is generating intense interest, not just because her political celebrity is perceived to confer high diplomatic status on America’s crucial ally, but also because the remaining glow of Camelot will soon be cast on Japanese shores.

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