United States Ambassador to Japan

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Ambassador of the United States to Japan
日本駐在アメリカ合衆国大使
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Incumbent
Caroline Bouvier Kennedy

since November 12, 2013
NominatorBarack Obama
FormationNovember 5, 1859
WebsiteU.S. Embassy - Tokyo
 
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Ambassador of the United States to Japan
日本駐在アメリカ合衆国大使
Department of state.svg
Seal of the United States Department of State
Caroline Kennedy US State Dept photo.jpg
Incumbent
Caroline Bouvier Kennedy

since November 12, 2013
NominatorBarack Obama
FormationNovember 5, 1859
WebsiteU.S. Embassy - Tokyo

The Ambassador of the United States of America to the State of Japan (Japanese: 日本駐在アメリカ合衆国大使 Hepburn: Nihon Chūzai Amerika Gasshūkoku Taishi?) is the ambassador from the United States of America to Japan.

History[edit]

Since the opening of Japan by Commodore Matthew C. Perry, in 1854, the U.S. maintained diplomatic relations with Japan, except for the ten-year period between the attack on Pearl Harbor (and the subsequent declaration of war on Japan by the United States) and the signing of the Treaty of San Francisco, which normalized relations between the United States and Japan. The United States maintains an embassy in Tokyo, with consulates-general in Osaka, Nagoya, Sapporo, Fukuoka, and Naha.

In recent years, the post has been held by many significant American politicians, including Mike Mansfield, Walter Mondale, Tom Foley and Howard Baker.

The current ambassador to Japan is Caroline Kennedy, who was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate on October 16, 2013. Kennedy was sworn in by Secretary of State John Kerry on November 12, 2013 and presented her credentials to Akihito, Emperor of Japan, on November 19, 2013. [1][2]

List of chiefs of mission[edit]

The following is a list of chiefs of mission.

Resident Ministers

  1. Townsend Harris (Presented credentials, November 5, 1859–Presented recall, April 26, 1862)
  2. Robert H. Pruyn (Presented credentials, May 17, 1862-Left Japan, April 28, 1865)
  3. Chauncey Depew (commissioned during a recess of Senate; declined appointment)
  4. Robert B. Van Valkenburgh (Presented credentials, May 4, 1867–Presented recall, November 11, 1869)
  5. Charles E. DeLong (Presented credentials, November 11, 1869-promoted to Envoy)

Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary

NamePresented credentialsEnd of termEnd of date
Charles E. DeLongJune 9, 1872Farewell addressOctober 7, 1873
John BinghamOctober 7, 1873Presented recallJuly 2, 1885
Richard B. HubbardJuly 2, 1885Presented recallMay 15, 1889
John Franklin SwiftMay 15, 1889Died at postMarch 10, 1891
Frank CoombsJune 13, 1892Presented recallJuly 14, 1893
Edwin DunJuly 14, 1893Presented recallJuly 2, 1897
Alfred BuckJune 3, 1898Died at postDecember 4, 1902
Lloyd Carpenter GriscomJune 22, 1903Left JapanNovember 19, 1905

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

NamePresented credentialsEnd of termEnd of date
Luke E. WrightMay 26, 1906Left JapanAugust 13, 1907
Thomas J. O'BrienOctober 15, 1907Left PostAugust 31, 1911
Charles Page BryanNovember 22, 1911Left PostOctober 1, 1912
Larz AndersonFebruary 1, 1913Left JapanMarch 15, 1913
George W. GuthrieAugust 7, 1913Died at postMarch 8, 1917
Roland MorrisOctober 30, 1917Left JapanMay 15, 1920
Charles B. WarrenSeptember 24, 1921Left JapanJanuary 28, 1922
Cyrus WoodsJuly 21, 1923Left JapanJune 5, 1924
Edgar BancroftNovember 19, 1924Died at postJuly 27, 1925
Charles MacVeaghDecember 9, 1925Left JapanDecember 6, 1928
William Castle, Jr.January 24, 1930Left JapanMay 27, 1930
W. Cameron ForbesSeptember 15, 1930Left JapanMarch 22, 1932
Joseph GrewJune 14, 1932American declaration of warDecember 8, 1941
William J. Sebald[3]19451952
Robert D. MurphyMay 9, 1952Relinquished ChargeApril 28, 1953
John M. AllisonMay 28, 1953Left PostFebruary 2, 1957
Douglas MacArthur IIFebruary 25, 1957Left PostMarch 12, 1961
Edwin ReischauerApril 27, 1961Left PostAugust 19, 1966
U. Alexis JohnsonNovember 8, 1966Left PostJanuary 15, 1969
Armin H. MeyerJuly 3, 1969Left PostMarch 27, 1972
Robert Stephen IngersollApril 12, 1972Left PostNovember 8, 1973
James D. HodgsonJuly 19, 1974Left PostFebruary 2, 1977
Mike MansfieldJune 10, 1977Left PostDecember 22, 1988
Michael ArmacostMay 15, 1989Left PostJuly 19, 1993
Walter MondaleSeptember 21, 1993Left PostDecember 15, 1996
Thomas S. FoleyNovember 19, 1997Left PostApril 1, 2001
Howard Henry Baker, Jr.July 5, 2001Farewell addressFebruary 17, 2005
Tom SchiefferApril 11, 2005Left PostJanuary 20, 2009
John RoosAugust 20, 2009Left PostAugust 12, 2013
Caroline KennedyNovember 12, 2013

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Caroline Kennedy sworn in as ambassador to Japan". CBS News. November 12, 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-11. 
  2. ^ ELAINE KURTENBACH (November 19, 2013). "US envoy Caroline Kennedy meets Japan's emperor". Houston Chronicle. 
  3. ^ William J. Sebald at the Notable Names Database

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