Caroline Kennedy, US Ambassador to Japan.
Authorities in Washington are taken “seriously” threats received by the US ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy, so that governments both the US and the Japanese are already investigating the matter, according to the State Department.
“We take seriously any threat to US diplomats,” said State Department spokeswoman, Jen Psaki, adding that his government will give its diplomatic staff “every possible step to protect”.
The Japanese police said Tuesday it is investigating a series of telephone calls received last month by the US embassy in that country, which is threatening to kill the ambassador, daughter of the late US President John F. Kennedy, in order to ascertain its origin.
Calls supposedly made a man and English, according to investigative sources quoted by Japan’s Kyodo.
“We are working with the Government of Japan to ensure that the measures (protective) apply necessary,” said Psaki, who, however, refused to comment on “specific details about any threat or steps to address them.”
According to information from Japan, the police also investigating phone calls with death threats against Alfred Magleby, the US Consul General in the city of Naha, and the capital of Okinawa Prefecture.
This region of southern Japan hosts the largest US military base in Japan, so Japanese authorities consider that the threats may be related to anti-militarism and the rejection of the presence of US troops in the country.
The disclosure of these threats coincide with the visit alone the first lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, began to Japan, in a five-day Asian tour that will also take her to Cambodia.
The case of threats has also come to light nearly two weeks after the US ambassador in South Korea, Mark Lippert, was injured in an attack with a knife by a radical activist who said he was against the joint maneuvers Washington and Seoul made in South Korea.
“I feel pretty good, considering everything that has happened,” Lippert said in a press release from the hospital last week, in which he described as “terrifying” the attack against him.
Lippert, 42, received more than 80 stitches for wounds suffered in five different places, the most serious a cut of 11 inches long and three deep from the right cheek to chin.
The attacker, a citizen of 55 years called Kim Ki-jong, Lippert lunged with a kitchen knife 25 inches and wounded him face and left hand during a breakfast at the Sejong Art Center, in front of the US Embassy in the heart of Seoul.