As a longtime family friend, the director, Mike Nichols, said, it’s a job for which Ms. Kennedy is ideally suited. After all, he said, “In the course of her life, what has she learned if not diplomacy?”
Clearly, this is an important moment in Japanese politics. The new prime minister of Japan , Shinzō Abe, is planning a more “robust” military and a policy of “collective self-defence.” Abe said such principles as pacifism, the sovereignty of the people and respect for basic human rights would be preconditions for any such change, and that discussions are now “deepening” about what kind of Constitution best suits modern Japan.
The new ambassador may well wonder whether Mr. Abe’s reported wish for drones as an element in the robust new military is compatible with the concept of pacifism.
Source (in part): The New York Times, July 28