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Cablegate: Country Clearance for Codel Inouye

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DE RUEHKO #4564/01 2710922
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 280922Z SEP 07
FM AMEMBASSY TOKYO
TO SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 8074

UNCLAS TOKYO 004564

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE
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STATE FOR H

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: OREP OTRA AMGT AFIN ASEC PREL JA
SUBJECT: COUNTRY CLEARANCE FOR CODEL INOUYE

REF: SECSTATE 136512

1. (U) Embassy welcomes and grants country clearance for the
October 6-13, 2007 visit to Japan by CODEL Inouye.

2. (U) Control Officer for the visit will be Political
Officer Raymond Greene. Administrative points of contact are
Political Officer John Nylin and Management Officer Peter
Hayden.

Raymond Greene
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Embassy Main: (81-3)3224-5000 (Operational 24/7)
Office phone: (81-3)3224-5338
Home phone: (81-3)3224-6801
Mobile phone: 81-80-1221-1472
Fax: (81-3)3224-5322
E-mail: GreeneRF2@state.gov (unclassified)

John Nylin
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Embassy Main: (81-3)3224-5000 (Operational 24/7)
Office phone: (81-3)3224-5344
Home phone: (81-3)3224-6817
Mobile phone: 81-80-1202-8406
Fax: (81-3)3224-5322
E-mail: NylinJD@state.gov (unclassified)

Peter Hayden
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Embassy Main: (81-3)3224-5000 (Operational 24/7)
Office phone: (81-3)3224-5616
Home phone: (81-3)3224-6918
Mobile phone: 81-90-4208-7451
Fax: (81-3)3224-5189
E-mail: HaydenPR@state.gov (unclassified)

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Hotel Reservations
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3. (U) Tokyo hotel reservations have been made at the Hotel
New Otani Tokyo, 4-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8578,
Tel: (81-3) 3265-1111, Fax: (81-3) 3221-2619. Room rate is
yen 20,200 per night (rate includes 10% service charge, 5%
tax and yen 200 accommodation tax).

Details as follows:

Arrive: Oct. 7, 2007
Depart: Oct. 13, 2007
Room Type: Non-Smoking
Conf. No.: 1646941

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Airport to Hotel Transportation
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4. (U) Embassy staff will meet CODEL Inouye at the arrival
gate and assist to an embassy vehicle.

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Visa
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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.

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Embassy Laptop Policy
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6. (U) Official visitors are reminded that personally owned
or non-controlled USG-issued electronic equipment (including
all PDAs, cell phones, pagers, radios, records) may not enter
the controlled access areas. Additionally, all classified
and sensitive materials must be secured at the embassy visit
control office upon arrival in country.

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Threat Assessment
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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.
The Department maintains information about potential threats
to Americans overseas which is available to travelers on the
internet at the Bureau of Consular Affairs home page:
http://www.travel.state.gov. The Embassy takes all threats
seriously. U.S. Embassy Tokyo can be contacted 24 hours a
day at 03-3224-5000 (locally) or 81-3-3224-5000
(internationally).

8. (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.

9. (U) Also be advised that under no circumstances may
weapons be brought into Japan. Carrying a pocketknife
(including Swiss Army-style knife, craft or hunting knife,
box cutter, etc.) in public is forbidden. Under Japanese
law, carrying any such item in public, with a size exceeding
8 cm in length, 1.5 cm in width or 2 mm in thickness, can
subject the person to arrest or detention.
Schieffer

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