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Cablegate: Tokyo Country Clearance for Staffdel Plunkett

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P 200612Z OCT 08
FM AMEMBASSY TOKYO
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 8043
INFO RUEHUL/AMEMBASSY SEOUL PRIORITY 1900
RUEHNH/AMCONSUL NAHA PRIORITY 2805
RHMFIUU/USFJ PRIORITY
RUYNAAC/COMNAVFORJAPAN YOKOSUKA JA PRIORITY

UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 03 TOKYO 002913

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

DEPARTMENT FOR H (T. LONON)
PLEASE PASS TO MAJ SPEROS KOUMPARAKIS, MARINE CORPS
LIAISON, W

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: OREP AMGT ASEC AFIN KS JA
SUBJECT: TOKYO COUNTRY CLEARANCE FOR STAFFDEL PLUNKETT
(21-30 OCTOBER 2008)

REF: STATE 111037

SENSITIVE BUT UNCLASSIFIED - PLEASE PROTECT ACCORDINGLY.

1. (U) Embassy warmly welcomes and grants country clearance
for the October 21-30, 2008, visit to Japan by the STAFFDEL
led by Ms. Vickie Plunkett and including Ms. Catherine
Garman, Mr. David Sienicki, Mr. Paul Arcangeli, Ms. Lynn
Williams, Ms. Eryn Robinson, Mr. Thomas Hawley, Ms. Lara
Battles, and DoD Escorts USMC Maj. Speros Koumparakis and USN
Lt. Lauren Baker.

2. (U) Administrative point of contact for the visit is CNFJ
Protocol Officer LT Barbara Jonas. She can be reached at:

Office phone: 81-468-16-7600
Local/DSN: 243-7600
Fax/DSN: 243-616
Email: barbara.jonas@fe.navy.mil

Embassy point of contact is Political Officer John Nylin. He
can be reached at:

Office phone: (81-3)3224-5344
Home phone: (81-3)3224-6859
Mobile phone: (81-80)1202-8406
Fax: (81-3)3224-5322
E-mail: NylinJD@state.gov (unclassified)

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Hotel Reservations
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3. (U) Tokyo hotel reservations have been made as follows:

21-23 October, ANA Hotel, 4-12-20 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
107-0052, Telephone: 011-81-03-3505-1111, Fax:
011-81-03-33505-1155. Cancellation charge 20 percent if day
prior. 100 percent the day of. No charge two days prior to.

Confirmation:
V. Plunkett - 2865187
C. Garman - 2865550
L. Williams - 2865552
L. Battles - 2870034
Lt Col D. Dabney - 2870030
Major S. Koumparakis - 2865553
LT L. Baker - 2865554
LCDR J. Foret - 2865555

23 October, Yokosuka BOQ, COMFLEACT Yokosuka, BOQ Building
1556, 1 Hon-cho, Yokosuka Kanagawa, Telephone (DSN):
243-7317, Fax (DSN): 243-6616

Confirmation:
V. Plunkett - 2700351
C. Garman - 270352
L. Williams - 270353
L. Battles - 270838
Major S. Koumparakis - 270356
LT L. Baker - 270357
LCDR J. Foret - 270358
E. Robinson - 270354
D. Sienicki - 270355

24-26 October, ANA Hotel, 4-12-20 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
107-0052, Telephone: 011-81-03-3505-1111, Fax:
011-81-03-33505-1155.

Confirmation:
V. Plunkett - 2865188
C. Garman - 2865550
L. Battles - 2870034
L. Williams - 2865552
E. Robinson - 2865562
D. Sienicki - 2865563
E. Wagner - 2873859
Major S. Koumparakis - 2865558
LT L. Baker - 2865569
LCDR J. Foret (24-25 Oct) - 2865561


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Airport to Hotel Transportation
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4. (U) CNFJ will meet and assist at the airport.

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Visa
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5. (U) U.S. citizens entering or transiting Japan on
official business must obtain a diplomatic or official visa
for that purpose. U.S. citizens traveling with a valid U.S.
passport can enter Japan for business or pleasure for up to
90 days without a visa.
All foreign nationals entering Japan, with the exemption of
certain categories, are required to have their fingerprints
scanned and a facial photograph taken at the port of entry.
This requirement does not replace any existing visa or
passport requirements. U.S. travelers on official business
must have a diplomatic or official visa specifying the nature
of travel as "AS DIPLOMAT," "AS OFFICIAL," or "IN TRANSIT" to
be exempt from biometric collection. All other visa holders,
including those with diplomatic and official visas stating
"AS TEMPORARY VISITOR," are subject to this requirement.
Passport type is also irrelevant. In rare instances,
official travelers who bring a Note Verbale specifying they
are entering Japan in an official capacity may be exempted
from the biometric collection requirement, if otherwise
required. 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) The Embassy's electronic device (i.e. laptop,
removable storage, video equipment, test equipment, etc.)
policy states that absolutely no personal, non-government
owned electronic devices may enter the Embassy. Absolutely
no equipment, even government-owned, may be connected to the
Embassy network in any way without prior approval. TDY
employees are reminded that even government-owned equipment
may not enter the Embassy without prior RSO approval.
Absolutely no electronic device, even government-owned, may
enter the CAA unless special pre-approval is given by the
RSO, based on a compelling business need. Please be advised
that if the traveler does not have one of the following
BlackBerry models and a service contract with one of the
telecommunications companies (listing follows), then his/her
BlackBerry will not work in Japan. Japan has the most
advanced cellular industry in the world and BlackBerry
protocols are not as advanced as what are being used in Japan
today. (BlackBerry models: 8707G, H, V or U.S.
Telecommunications Companies with a NTT/DoCoMo roaming
agreement: Sprint/Nextel, ATT/Cingular, and T-Mobile)If you
would like to bring a U.S. government-owned electronic device
into the Embassy, please contact the RSO office (provide
make, model, serial number, and purpose) prior to your visit
for a briefing and approval.

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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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