WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama is leaning toward picking Caroline Kennedy to be the next US ambassador to Japan, a source familiar with the process said on Monday.
The 55-year-old daughter of former President John Kennedy would be the first female US ambassador to Japan. She was one of the earliest backers of Obama in his first presidential campaign in 2008 and her endorsement was significant in helping him defeat Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential primary that year.
The author and lawyer serves on the board of several nonprofit organizations. She would replace the current ambassador, John Roos, the former chief executive officer of Silicon Valley-based law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.