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Cablegate: (Sbu) Delivery of Demarche to Goj On Proposal to Exchange

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SUBJECT: (SBU) Delivery of Demarche to GOJ on proposal to exchange
terrorist screening information pursuant to Homeland Security
Presidential Directive 6 (HSPD-6)

REF: STATE 101569

1. (SBU) Conoff delivered reftel demarche on the proposal to
exchange terrorist screening information pursuant to HSPD-6 to Maiko
Fujiwara, MOFA, International Counter-Terrorism Coordination
Division, Foreign Policy Bureau.

2. (SBU) Fujiwara thanked Conoff for the information and noted the
GOJ was still waiting for a response to an extensive list of
questions on HSPD-6 submitted to the USG in July 2008.

3. (SBU) Fujiwara stated there are several agencies within the GOJ
that must agree to the exchange and reaching an agreement may be
difficult because of concerns over privacy law violations. As an
example, she cited the fact that GOJ agencies were not currently
sharing terrorist screening information with each other because of
the sensitivity to privacy laws.

4. (SBU) Fujiwara indicated that if the USG provided an example of
an MOU concluded with a country having similar privacy concerns, it
could help move the discussion forward. She also had concerns about
accessing the information, how many names the GOJ could access and
how many names they would have to provide. Conoff replied the MOU
did not have to be comprehensive with all GOJ interlocutors and that
just starting negotiations could be helpful in resolving any
questions on specific points.

5. (SBU) Conoff assured Fujiwara he would follow up with answers to
the earlier questions and thanked her for her work on the issue.

Schieffer

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