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Carolina Kennedy to testify before Senate panel on her nomination as ambassador to Japan

09/19/2013 01:28 EDT | Updated 11/18/2013 05:12 EST
WASHINGTON - Former first daughter Caroline Kennedy is preparing to testify before a Senate panel weighing her nomination to be U.S. ambassador to Japan.

President Barack Obama chose the attorney and bestselling book editor for the diplomatic job. If confirmed, she would be the first woman in a post where many other prominent Americans have served to strengthen a vital Asian tie.

Her testimony comes before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Her father, John F. Kennedy, served on the panel when he was a Massachusetts senator. He was elected president in 1960 and assassinated 50 years ago.

Caroline Kennedy helped propel Obama to the Democratic presidential nomination with her endorsement over Hillary Rodham Clinton — the only time she's endorsed a presidential candidate other than her uncle Ted Kennedy in 1980.