- The Washington Times - Monday, April 1, 2013

Caroline Kennedy has been tapped to serve as the next U.S. Ambassador to Japan, according to The Washington Post.

The White House declined comment Monday.

The Post reported that Mrs. Kennedy, the only surviving child of former President John F. Kennedy, will be taking over the diplomatic post — though her office did not return a reporter’s call seeking comment.

Back in 2008, Mrs. Kennedy helped power then-Sen. Barack Obama to victory in the presidential race, showering the Democrat with praise in a New York Times op-ed in which she endorsed his candidacy.

“The move,” the Post reported, “is almost certain to thrill the Japanese, who like their American ambassadors to be superstars. Kennedy’s predecessors include luminaries like legendary Senate majority leader Mike Mansfield, former vice president Walter Mondale, former House speaker Tom Foley, and former Senate majority leader Howard Baker.”

- Staff Writer Susan Crabtree contributed to this report