Nov. 19 - Newly appointed U.S. ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy, presents her credentials to Japanese Emperor Akihiko after a horse-carriage procession to the palace. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Thousands line the streets of Tokyo as Caroline Kennedy the daughter of slain U.S. President John F. Kennedy takes a horse drawn carriage to the Imperial palace. As she arrives she prepares to present her credentials as U.S. ambassador to Japan to Emperor Akihito. In accordance with the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, ambassadors are not regarded as having officially taken up their duties until the accreditation process is complete -- and presented to the head of state - the Emperor in Japan's case. Kennedy is the first female U.S. ambassador to Japan. After the ceremony she gave a short statement. (SOUNDBITE)(English) NEWLY APPOINTED US AMBASSADOR TO JAPAN, CAROLINE KENNEDY, SAYING: "I was honored to present my credentials to his Majesty and I am eager to begin work as Ambassador. So it was a wonderful ceremony and I am honored to represent my country." On the street some are already impressed by her style. (SOUNDBITE)(Japanese) 65 YEAR-OLD TOKYO RESIDENT AND RETIREE, TAKASHI SAWAYAMA, SAYING: "As she is from America, from the super power of the world, I expected her to be flamboyant but instead I found her rather modest." The 55-year-old lawyer takes up the post a week before the 50th anniversary of her father's assassination