Nov. 15 - Caroline Kennedy, daughter of slain U.S. President John F. Kennedy, arrived in Japan to take up the job of ambassador. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Caroline Kennedy, daughter of slain U.S. President John F. Kennedy, arrived in Japan on Friday (November 15) to take up the job of ambassador a week before the fiftieth anniversary of her father's assassination. Kennedy, 55, was greeted by scores of camera crews as she arrived at Tokyo's Narita Airport on a commercial flight, two days after being sworn in as ambassador. "I'm also proud to carry forward my father's legacy of public service. He had hoped to be the first United States president to visit Japan, so it is a special honor for me to be able to work to strengthen the close ties between our two great countries," Kennedy told media. "Japan and the United States share a commitment to freedom, democracy and the rule of law. And we work together on important global humanitarian efforts, and civil society initiatives. Our alliance is critical to a prosperous and peaceful world," she added. Though Caroline's father visited Japan once in 1951, he never came there in the nearly three years that he was president - a sharp contrast to the present, when most presidents visit within months after taking office.