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U.S. envoy Kennedy hails Japan NSC, pans China air zone in 1st speech

New U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy on Wednesday welcomed the Japanese government's moves to launch a U.S.-style National Security Council, while expressing concern at China's establishment last week of an air identification zone. In her first speech in the post in Tokyo, Kennedy signaled her support for the decision to set up the NSC, tasked with enhancing coordination on national security. The law creating the NSC was enacted the same day.

JFK rocking chair, flags fetch $500,000 at auction

A rocking chair used by president John F. Kennedy at the White House and two flags from his office drew more than $500,000 from a collector, Heritage Auctions said Sunday. They were among some 228 items linked to the former president put under the hammer late Saturday in Dallas, Texas, on the 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination in that city. The two flags -- an American flag and one with the presidential seal -- were sold for $425,000, four times their pre-auction estimate, Heritage said in a statement.

On 50th anniversary of JFK death - tears, memories, suspicion

By Jon Herskovitz and Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - U.S. President John F. Kennedy was remembered as a transcendent leader of a rising nation at a ceremony in Dallas on Friday, the 50th anniversary of his assassination, while bitterness remained for many who disbelieve the official story of how he died. "Our collective hearts were broken," Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings told a crowd of about 5,000 who came to a frigid Dealey Plaza, near where Kennedy was slain, for a commemoration marked with prayer, song and tears.

Canadians remember where they were the day JFK was assassinated

TORONTO - It was just another Friday in 1963 with all the time in the world for Canadians to struggle through school classes, go for a walk or even skip work to shake off a winter bug. But when a man fired gunshots south of the border and ended a president's life, Canadians were quick to join their American neighbours in mourning. Men and women across the country still recall the precise moment at which they heard that U.S. President John F. Kennedy had been struck by an assassin's bullet.

Relics show outpouring of grief after U.S. President JFK's death

By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Two days after President John F. Kennedy was slain on November 22, 1963, his young widow Jacqueline received a telegram from another widow, the wife of a Dallas policeman who had been assassin Lee Harvey Oswald's other victim that day. "May I add my sympathy to that of people all over the world," reads the telegram, signed Mrs. J.D. Tippit, Dallas. "My personal loss in this great tragedy prepares me to sympathize more deeply with you."

Caroline Kennedy meets Japan emperor in ceremonial pomp

Caroline Kennedy met Japan's Emperor Akihito Tuesday in a ceremonial formality as thousands of well-wishers lined the streets of Tokyo to catch a glimpse of the incoming US ambassador. Kennedy, 55, the lone surviving child of the assassinated John F. Kennedy, travelled to the downtown Imperial Palace by horse-drawn carriage in an elaborate procession, accompanied by palace officials clad in European-style ceremonial attire.

Crowds near Imperial Palace excited about envoy Kennedy

Optimism and excitement ran high as thousands of people lined the streets outside the Imperial Palace in central Tokyo on Tuesday to catch a glimpse of new U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy. The Wadakuramon and Babasakimon gates to the palace were lined four rows thick with well-wishers, some waving Japanese and U.S. flags, as the first female U.S. ambassador to Japan took a customary ride in a horse-drawn carriage to present her credentials to Emperor Akihito at the palace.

Caroline Kennedy to meet Japan emperor

Caroline Kennedy will meet Japan's Emperor Akihito Tuesday in a ceremonial formality as she takes up the US ambassador post, just days ahead of the 50th anniversary of her father's assassination. Kennedy, 55, the lone surviving child of John F. Kennedy, is to be taken to downtown Tokyo's imperial palace in a horse-drawn carriage, in an elaborate procession accompanied by palace officials dressed in European-style ceremonial attire.

New U.S. envoy Kennedy vows to strengthen ties with Japan

New U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy, daughter of former President John F. Kennedy, arrived in Japan on Friday and expressed her determination to strengthen the relationship between Japan and the United States, saying "our alliance is critical to a prosperous and peaceful world." Speaking at Narita airport near Tokyo, Kennedy told reporters that she is "proud to carry forward my father's legacy of public service," as the former president, who was assassinated 50 years ago, "had hoped to be the first United States president to visit Japan."

New US ambassador Caroline Kennedy arrives in Japan

Caroline Kennedy, the lone surviving child of slain US president John F. Kennedy, arrived in Tokyo Friday to take up the post of US ambassador to Japan, pledging to boost ties. The 55-year-old Kennedy's arrival comes a week before the 50th anniversary of her father's assassination in Dallas. "Hajime-mashite ('Nice to meet you')," a smiling Kennedy told reporters in Japanese at Narita airport before moving to the US embassy in downtown Tokyo.
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