Caroline Kennedy, daughter of slain U.S. President John F. Kennedy, arrived in Japan on Nov. 15 to take up her first high profile job in public office, making a late start to a political career for which her family is renowned.
Kennedy, sworn in as U.S. ambassador two days ago, received a warm welcome at Tokyo's Narita Airport, smiling and waving at reporters, and carrying a bouquet of flowers.
The 55-year-old lawyer takes up the post a week before the 50th anniversary of her father's assassination.
Kennedy, the first female U.S. ambassador to Japan, was an early and prominent supporter of Barack Obama in his initial quest for the presidency in 2008, and also campaigned for him.
"I bring greetings from President Obama ... I am honored to represent him as the United States ambassador," she said. "I am also proud to carry forward my father's legacy of public service."