Ambassador Kennedy for Japan?
Ever since U.S. President Barack Obama was reelected, there’s been plenty of speculation over who will serve as his second-term ambassador to Japan. Analysts and U.S. officials have floated the names of candidates like old Japan-hand Joseph Nye.
Caroline Kennedy and Edwin Schlossberg are seen during the 35th annual Kennedy Center Honors in Washington D.C. on Dec. 2, 2012.
But the name that surfaced in a Bloomberg report Thursday was so unexpected and glamorous that it ignited immediate chatter in Tokyo — even though it couldn’t be confirmed.
JRT lobbed the question at Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga during an afternoon press conference: Could Caroline Kennedy, late President John F. Kennedy’s daughter, really be replacing John Roos as the next U.S. ambassador in Tokyo?
“This is the first time I’ve heard about this, so my honest opinion is that I’m surprised,” said Mr. Suga. “However, many in Japan are familiar with (the name) Kennedy, and many consider President Kennedy an icon. So in that sense (if the report is true) I believe we would welcome such an appointment.”
The reaction on Twitter was similar to the announcement that a celebrity would be soon landing on the country’s shores.
“If late President Kennedy’s daughter Caroline Kennedy (currently a lawyer), became the U.S. Ambassador, Japanese media would be in an uproar. At every kind of meeting or party, it’d be a cellphone picture-taking tournament, and she’d be so popular there’d be fans coming out wherever she went,” tweeted a user named okadascape.
cellphone picture-taking tournamentという表現が目にとまりました。tournamentは「勝ち抜きの争奪戦」ですが、こういう文脈で使われると、「われ先にケータイで写真をとろうとする争奪戦」「写真撮り合戦」のような感じになるのでしょうか。（UG）