Cablegate: Country Clearance for Wae James A. Pierce


DE RUEHKO #2766/01 1700831
P 190831Z JUN 07




E.O. 12958: N/A


1. (U) Embassy welcomes and grants country clearance for WAE
James A. Pierce to Japan for TDY support to the Political
Section from June 26-August 31, 2007.

2. (U) Point of contact will be Political Minister-Counselor
Mike Meserve. He can be reached at:

Office phone: (81-3)3224-5330
Home phone: (81-3)3224-6890
Mobile phone: 81-90-3575-0794
Fax: (81-3)3224-5322
E-mail: (unclassified)

Lodging Accommodations

3. (U) Lodging arrangments have been made for Mr. Pierce to
stay initially at Mr. Meserve's apartment on the U.S. Embassy
Compound, Grew Tower 13F, 2-1-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Airport to Hotel Transportation

4. (U) Mr. Pierce should take the airport "limousine" bus
directly to the ANA Hotel or the Narita Express (NEX) train
to Tokyo Station and then a taxi to the U.S. Embassy
Compound. The limousine bus counter is located in the Tokyo
Narita Airport Arrival lobby. Look for the orange signs as
you walk through the doors from the customs area to the main
lobby. The bus fare is 3,000 Yen. The NEX train is located
in the basement of the airport terminal. The train fare is
2,900 Yen. Twenty-four hour currency exchange facilities are
available in the customs area and the arrival lobby of the
airport. Travel time from Tokyo Narita Airport to downtown
Tokyo is 90-120 minutes, depending on traffic.


5. (U) Holders of U.S. diplomatic or official passports must
have a Japanese visa to enter Japan. Travelers on a U.S.
tourist (blue cover) passport may enter Japan as a tourist
without a Japanese visa for up to 90 days.

Embassy Laptop Policy

6. (U) The Embassy's laptop policy is as follows: Absolutely
no personal, non-government owned laptop computers may enter
the Embassy. Absolutely no laptop, even government owned,
may be connected to the Embassy network in any way. TDY
employees are reminded that no government owned laptops may
enter the Embassy without prior RSO approval. Absolutely no
laptop, even government owned, inside CAA areas unless
special pre-approval, based on business need, has been given.
If you would like to bring a US government owned and
provided laptop computer into the Embassy, please contact the
RSO's office prior to your visit for the briefing and

Threat Assessment

7. (U) U.S. Government facilities worldwide remain at a
heightened state of alert. As the U.S. Government has
reported in public announcements over the last several
months, U.S. citizens and interests abroad may be at
increased risk of terrorist actions from extremist groups,
which may target civilians and include suicide operations.
Most recently, we advised that we had unconfirmed information
that terrorist actions may be taken against U.S. Military
facilities and/or establishments frequented by U.S. military
personnel in Korea and Japan. Americans should increase
their security awareness and avoid locations where Americans
are generally known to congregate. The Department will
continue to develop information about potential threats to
Americans overseas and to share credible threat information
through its consular information program documents available
on the internet at the Bureau of Consular Affairs home page:

8. (U) In addition, we continue to be concerned about
information we received in May 2001 that American citizens
may be the target of a terrorist threat from extremist groups
with links to Usama Bin Laden's Al-Qaida organization. In
the past, such individuals have not distinguished between
official and civilian targets. The Embassy takes all threats
seriously. The U.S. Embassy Tokyo can be contacted 24 hours
a day at 03-3224-5000 (locally) or 81-3-3224-5000

9. (SBU) The general threat from crime in Tokyo and
throughout Japan is low. Crime is at levels well below the
U.S. national average. Violent crime is rare, but does
exist. The Japanese National Police report continued
problems with pick-pocketing of foreigners in crowded
shopping areas of Tokyo. Although street crime is low,
common sense security measures are advised for all American
citizens traveling in Japan.

10. (SBU) Visitors are urged to maintain a high level of
vigilance and to increase their security awareness.
Americans should maintain a low profile, vary routes and
times for all required travel, and treat mail and packages
from unfamiliar sources with suspicion. Visitors are also
urged to avoid contact with any suspicious, unfamiliar
objects, and to report the presence of such objects to local
authorities. Vehicles should not be left unattended and
should be kept locked at all times.

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