in fact, she left the post on January 18, 2017 after arriving as ambassador on November 12, 2013.
While I’m unsure if I think the name Caroline is hot, or if I think she is, Caroline Kennedy will be missed by this dumb blogger.
Taking her place - ascending to the position of US Ambassador to Japan is William F. Hagerty, who took up his post on July 27, 2017… which kind of means there was no US ambassador to Japan for over six months.
With the posting, Hagerty becomes (essentially) the 42nd U.S. ambassador to Japan.
I said "essentially" in that last sentence only because before there were actual ambassadors to japan, there were also Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary titles doing the same thing, and positions called "residential ministers."
Like most of President Trumps appointees, William Francis Hagerty IV (born on August 14, 1959 in Nashville, Tennessee) is a successful businessman rather than one skilled in detente, but who the heck possesses ambassador qualities—oh yeah… anyone on the JET Programme… at least that was the case in the early days of JET.
I can only assume they would want those type of skills still.
Hagerty was previously the managing director and co-founder of Hagerty Peterson & Company, a private equity investment firm.
On March 27, 2017, president Donald Trump nominated Hagerty to serve as U.S. ambassador to Japan, succeeding president Obama appointee Kennedy.
It took the U.S. senate until July 13, 2017 to confirm Hagerty as Trump’s selection (they have to do a lot of vetting… make sure there’s no record of him calling anyone a “Nip” or anyone having seen him pull the corners of his eyes and say anything stupid like “Me Japanese business man from Beijing.”
At least I assume there is vetting going on. Senate voted Hagerty in via a 86-12 vote… which makes me wonder just what those 12 people had against Hagerty.
If it’s just voting against Hagerty because he’s a Republican and you’re not, that’s stupid. There should be a reason why you find his position as ambassador to Japan as objectionable. It doesn’t even matter HOW he was deemed acceptable for the position, what matters is HOW he is the right choice to work with the Japanese people on behalf of the U.S.
On July 27, 2017 that U.S. vice-president Mike Pence administered the oath of office to Hagerty, who became the 42nd United States Ambassador to Japan.