Former United States Ambassador to Japan

Caroline Kennedy

Caroline Kennedy was the first woman to serve as United States ambassador to Japan. Her tenure from November 2013 to January 2017 was marked by the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War ll, and she played a critical role in the historic visits of President Obama to Hiroshima and Prime Minister Abe to Pearl Harbor.

Ambassador Kennedy led the effort to complete the return to Japan of the Northern Training Area, the largest land return since the reversion of Okinawa. She supported the economic empowerment of women and worked to increase student exchanges between the United States and Japan.

Kennedy is an attorney and the author/editor of eleven books on such subjects as law, civics, and poetry. Active in education reform, she serves as president of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and as chair of the Harvard Institute of Politics. She is also a director of The Boeing Company and a trustee of the Asia Society.