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Politics

Caroline Kennedy in line to become ambassador to Japan

Would be first woman to hold high-profile post

WASHINGTON — Caroline Kennedy, whose endorsement of President Obama in 2008 helped propel him to the Democratic nomination, is in line for the post of ambassador to Japan, according to published reports.

The potential appointment, rumored for weeks, would catapult the 55-year-old New York lawyer, author, and only surviving child of slain President John F. Kennedy into one of the world’s most dynamic diplomatic roles at a time when the rise of China and threats of renewed conflict on the Korean peninsula will require keen negotiating skills.

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