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Cablegate: Country Clearance for Codel Inouye

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PP RUEHNH
DE RUEHKO #3213/01 3260306
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 210306Z NOV 08
FM AMEMBASSY TOKYO
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 8975
INFO RUEHNH/AMCONSUL NAHA PRIORITY 3456

UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 TOKYO 003213

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

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

REF: STATE 122234

SENSITIVE BUT UNCLASSIFIED - PLEASE PROTECT ACCORDINGLY.

1. (U) Embassy welcomes and grants country clearance for
Senator Inouye's November 30 through December 5, 2008, visit
to Japan (Tokyo and Okinawa).

2. (U) Control Officer for the Tokyo portion of the visit
will be Political Officer Jamie Roane. He can be reached at:

Office phone: (81-3)3224-5340
Home phone: (81-3)3224-6936
Mobile phone: 81-90-4168-4950
Fax: (81-3)3224-5322
E-mail: RoaneJO@state.gov (unclassified)

Control Officer for the Okinawa portion of the visit will be
Political Officer Claire Kaneshiro. She can be reached at:

Office phone: (81-98)876-6628
Home phone: (81-98)933-0469
Mobile phone: 81-90-9787-0103
E-mail: KaneshiroCK@state.gov (unclassified)

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Hotel Reservations
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3. (U) Tokyo hotel reservations have been made at the
Imperial Hotel, 1-1-1 Uchisaiwai-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
100-8558, Tel: (81-3) 3504-1111, Fax: (81-3) 3581-9146.
Details as follows:

Senator Daniel Inouye and spouse
Arrive: 11/30/08
Depart: 12/04/08
Conf. No.: CODEL Inouye

Charlie Houy
Arrive: 11/30/08
Depart: 12/04/08
Conf. No.: CODEL Inouye

Captain Thomas Carney
Arrive: 11/30/08
Depart: 12/04/08
Conf. No.: CODEL Inouye

Okinawa hotel reservations have been made at the Naha Terrace
Hotel, 2-14-1 Omoromachi, Naha, Okinawa 900-0006, Tel:
(81-98) 864-1111, Fax: (81-98) 863-3275. Details as follows:

Senator Daniel Inouye and spouse
Arrive: 12/04/08
Depart: 12/05/08
Conf. No.: CODEL Inouye

Charlie Houy
Arrive: 12/04/08
Depart: 12/05/08
Conf. No.: CODEL Inouye

Captain Thomas Carney
Arrive: 12/04/08
Depart: 12/05/08
Conf. No.: CODEL Inouye

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Airport to Hotel Transportation
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4. (U) Control Officer will meet Senator Inouye 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

TOKYO 00003213 002 OF 002


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) 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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