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Caroline Kennedy calls ambassador role in Japan her 'greatest privilege' in farewell message

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NewsHubU. S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy called her three years in Japan “the greatest privilege of my life” and said in a farewell video message released Monday that she hopes to come back for a visit.
Her duty will end in tandem with Donald Trump’s formal transition to the U. S. presidency on Jan. 20, Washington time.
Kennedy, the first female to serve in the role, punctuated her four-minute speech with words of gratitude for everyone from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the people of Japan.
She thanked Abe for his efforts to strengthen what she called an “alliance of hope” and echoed President Barack Obama’s comments on the “power of reconciliation” made in a speech at Pearl Harbor in December.
She also praised Abe for “many landmark achievements” over the past three years, an apparent reference to Obama’s historic visit to Hiroshima in May and Abe’s reciprocal visit to Pearl Harbor in December.

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