New U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of slain U.S. President John F. Kennedy, will arrive in Japan on Friday as the first woman to assume the post.
Kennedy is scheduled to arrive at Narita airport near Tokyo in the afternoon.
The 55-year-old is expected to present her credentials next Tuesday to Emperor Akihito, starting her formal duties as envoy. In the ceremony, she will arrive at the Imperial Palace riding in a horse-drawn carriage arranged by the Imperial Household Agency.
Although Kennedy, an attorney, is not a veteran diplomat or seasoned politician, she will be tasked with dealing with bilateral issues such as the realignment of the U.S. military forces in Japan, in particular the contentious relocation of the Marine Corps' Futenma Air Station within Okinawa.
She is also seen focusing on such regional and international matters as the U.S.-led Trans Pacific Partnership free trade talks, the strained ties between Japan and China as well as South Korea, and North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.
Kennedy's nomination by U.S. President Barack Obama came after she played a role in his presidential election campaigns in 2008 and 2012. She is known for her close ties with Secretary of State John Kerry.
Her predecessor, John Roos, left the post in August after serving for four year.