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Cablegate: Country Clearance for a/S Hill and Party to Japan

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DE RUEHKO #0426/01 0500544
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 190544Z FEB 08
FM AMEMBASSY TOKYO
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 1814
INFO RUEHBJ/AMEMBASSY BEIJING PRIORITY 1727
RUEHUL/AMEMBASSY SEOUL PRIORITY 7795

UNCLAS TOKYO 000426

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: OTRA PREL JA
SUBJECT: COUNTRY CLEARANCE FOR A/S HILL AND PARTY TO JAPAN

REF: STATE 16171

1. (U) Embassy welcomes and grants country clearance for the
February 20-21, 2008, visit to Japan by EAP A/S Christopher
Hill, S/A Christopher Klein, EAP/K Director Sung Kim, and NSC
Director for Chinese Affairs Paul Haenle.

2. (U) Control Officer for the visit will be Political
Officer Scott Hansen. He can be reached at:

Office phone: (81-3)3224-5559
Home phone: (81-3)3224-6858
Mobile phone: 81-80-1020-2000
Fax: (81-3)3224-5322
E-mail: HansenSW@state.gov (unclassified)

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Hotel Reservations
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3. (U) Tokyo hotel reservations have been made at the Hotel
Okura 2-10-4 Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-8416, Tel:
(81-3) 3582-0111 Fax: (81-3) 3582-3707. Details as follows:

A/S Hill
Arrive: 02-20-08
Depart: 02-21-08
Conf. No.: K00089936

S/A Klein
Arrive: 02-20-08
Depart: 02-21-08
Conf. No.: K00089953

EAP Director Kim
Arrive: 02-20-08
Depart: 02-21-08
Conf. No.: K00089943

NSC Director Haenle
Arrive: 02-20-08
Depart: 02-21-08
Conf. No.: K00089950

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Airport to Hotel Transportation
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4. (U) Control Officer will meet A/S Hill and party 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. As of November
20, 2007, all foreign nationals entering Japan, with the
exemption of certain categories, are required to provide
fingerprints and a facial photograph at the port of entry.
This requirement does not replace any existing visa or
passport requirements. Official U.S. travelers will have to
submit to the photograph and fingerprinting requirement
unless they travel with a valid diplomatic or official visa
or a Note Verbale. The nature of the passport onto which the
visa is pasted is not relevant, i.e. a tourist passport
holder with a diplomatic or official visa will not have to
submit to the biometrics collection process. SOFA personnel
are exempt under SOFA Article 9 (2) from the new biometrics
entry requirements.

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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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