President Barack Obama on Wednesday nominated Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of assassinated President John F. Kennedy, to be the next U.S. ambassador to Japan.

Kennedy, a 55-year-old attorney, will be the first woman to head the U.S. Embassy in Japan if the Senate approves her nomination.

The Japanese news agency Kyodo had reported the upcoming nomination several days ago, and the actual announcement was made Wednesday by the White House in a statement.

Married and with three children, Kennedy will have to deal in Tokyo with matters such as relocating U.S. troops in the archipelago and trade accord negotiations.

JFK's daughter has remained aloof from politics during almost her entire career, devoting herself to promoting public education in New York, but in 2008 she took an active role in Obama's presidential campaign and also supported his reelection in 2012.

In 2009, Kennedy expressed interest in being appointed to the Senate seat vacated by Hillary Clinton when the latter became secretary of state, but shortly thereafter she renounced that aspiration for "personal reasons."

Currently, Kennedy is the president of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and president of the Advisory Committee for the Institute of Politics at Harvard University. EFE