Caroline Kennedy naming shows importance of Japan-US ties: Tokyo

Caroline Kennedy, daughter of late United States (US) President John F Kennedy, speaks at the 2013 John F Kennedy Profile in Courage Award ceremony at the Kennedy Library in Boston, Massachusetts, on May 5, 2013. The nomination of Ms Kennedy as ambas
Caroline Kennedy, daughter of late United States (US) President John F Kennedy, speaks at the 2013 John F Kennedy Profile in Courage Award ceremony at the Kennedy Library in Boston, Massachusetts, on May 5, 2013. The nomination of Ms Kennedy as ambassador to Japan shows the "great importance" Washington places on the relationship, Tokyo said on Thursday. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

TOKYO (AFP) - The nomination of Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of assassinated US president John F. Kennedy, as ambassador to Japan shows the "great importance" Washington places on the relationship, Tokyo said on Thursday.

"The government of Japan understands that Ms Caroline Kennedy has the deep confidence of President Obama, and it highly appreciates her nomination as reflecting the great importance the Obama administration attaches to the Japan-US alliance," said a statement from the foreign ministry.