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Kennedy Appears Before Foreign Relations Committee Ahead of Confirmation Hearing

Kennedy speaks during the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on her nomination for Ambassador to Japan, Sept. 19, 2013.
The daughter of the late U.S. president John F. Kennedy said Thursday that she would be humbled to carry forward her father's legacy if confirmed to be the next U.S. ambassador to Japan.

Appearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Caroline Kennedy responded to a range of questions on regional issues affecting the U.S. and Japan.

She spoke of her own public service and work with the New York City school system, and also noted the significance of her nomination during the 50th anniversary of her father's presidency.

"I'm conscious of my responsibility to uphold the ideals that he represented: a deep commitment to public service, a more just America and a more peaceful world," said Kennedy.

If confirmed, Kennedy will be the first woman in the post. Many other prominent Americans have served as Ambassador to Japan, a vital Asian partner for the United States.