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On July 13, the U.S. Senate confirmed the nomination of William Hagerty IV to be the U.S. Ambassador to Japan. He succeeds Caroline Bouvier Kennedy (1957–) who served at the US Embassy Tokyo from November 19, 2013 to January 2017. See related posts:
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Other previous appointees to this position include career and political appointees like Howard Henry Baker Jr. (1925–2014), Walter F. Mondale (1928–), Michael Joseph Mansfield (1903–2001), Douglas MacArthur II (1909–1997) and Ural Alexis Johnson (1908–1997) to name a few.
Only 6 of the last 15 appointments as Ambassador to Japan since the 1950’s were career diplomats: Ural Alexis Johnson (1908–1997), Armin Henry Meyer (1914–2006), Douglas MacArthur II (1909–1997), John Moore Allison (1905–1978), Robert Daniel Murphy (1894–1978) and Michael Hayden Armacost (1937–). According to history.state.gov, the last career diplomat sent as ambassador to Japan was Michael Hayden Armacost (1937–) who served from May 15, 1989–July 19, 1993. With the latest confirmation, it has now been 24 years since a career diplomat was appointed and confirmed as chief of mission at U.S. Embassy Tokyo.