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DE RUEHKO #3444 3530603
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 180603Z DEC 08
FM AMEMBASSY TOKYO
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 9563
INFO RHMCSUU/DEPT OF ENERGY WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY

UNCLAS TOKYO 003444

GLOBAL INITIATIVE PARTNER NATIONS COLLECTIVE

SENSITIVE
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STATE FOR EAP/J, ISN/WMDT
DOE FOR NA-4 SAOKI, JGLASSER, NA-40 JKROL, VMCCLELLAND, NA-20 MFINK

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PARM PTER PREL KGIC MNUC JA
SUBJECT: DAS HAYWARD'S MEETING WITH TOKYO METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT ON
COUNTERTERRORISM EXERCISE

SENSITIVE BUT UNCLASSIFIED, PLEASE PROTECT ACCORDINGLY

REF: STATE 123059

1. (U) This message includes an action request. Please see
paragraph 7.

2. (SBU) Summary. Officials of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government
(TMG) briefed Deputy Assistant Secretary for Nuclear
Nonproliferation Policy and Negotiations Mary Alice Hayward December
11 on a dirty bomb/counter terrorism response exercise that Tokyo
conducted in November. The TMG officials presented an overview of
the exercise, the scenarios, and the response methods and equipment
that were used. In response, DAS Hayward described U.S. efforts
through the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism to
encourage countries to hold realistic training exercises and share
their experiences with other countries. She noted the Tokyo
exercise appeared to be a potential model for other countries and
expressed interest in inviting the TMG to give a presentation on its
exercise to the GI members next year. End summary.

3. (SBU) Following the conclusion of the Non-Proliferation Directors
Group meeting on December 11, DAS Hayward and delegation,
accompanied by the Energy Attache and Econoff, met with officials of
the Tokyo Metropolitan Government to learn more about a large
emergency response exercise Tokyo ran November 7. The large-scale
exercise was based on scenario that included an attack by a
terrorist group using a radiological dispersal device (dirty bomb).
Although the meeting was arranged on short notice, the TMG was well
prepared and gave a detailed presentation. TMG Director General for
Crisis Management Koutarou Shimada led the Japanese side, which also
included representatives of several offices in the Bureau of General
Affairs, the Security Bureau and the Tokyo Fire Department.

4. (SBU) During the meeting, which was held in the emergency
operations center at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government headquarters,
TMG talked about its organization on counterterrorism matters and
described the November 7 exercise, the scenarios, and the various
organizations that were involved. The TMG officials described the
exercise as the first in Japan that used a RDD/dirty bomb scenario.
They characterized it as a "field training exercise," following a
tabletop "command post exercise" that TMG ran in November 2007. The
officials noted 11 organizations participated in this year's
exercise, including the Tokyo Metropolitan Police, the Fire
Department, elements of the Japan Self Defense Forces, the Japanese
Coast Guard, and the Japan Atomic Energy Agency. The exercise was
conducted primarily at the Tokyo Big Site in Koto Ward, a large
convention facility intended to simulate an Olympic venue. (Note:
Tokyo is a candidate for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. End note.)

5. (SBU) The exercise consisted of two distinct phases. In the
first, JSDF Special Forces and Tokyo police subdued the armed
terrorist group. The second phase simulated the explosion of an RDD
containing Cesium-137 and the response by police and military units,
medical teams, and radiation experts to rescue, decontaminate and
treat victims, and to monitor radiation levels. In all, some 1,000
people participated in the drill, which lasted one hour.

6. (SBU) DAS Hayward commented on the impressive organization and
scale of the November 7 exercise. She noted the U.S. and Japan have
had long-standing discussions on nuclear security matters, including
a meeting in 2007 on nuclear emergency response. In addition to our
bilateral contacts, she noted that the U.S. and Japan work together
in the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism, where
emergency response is a key area of activity. Noting the Tokyo
exercise is a model for how local authorities can deploy response
capabilities against terrorist threats, she suggested the TMG make a
similar presentation on its experience at a GI meeting in spring
2009. She noted the U.S. would follow up with additional
information for the Japanese Government, after which a formal
invitation might be extended to the TMG through diplomatic channels.


7. (SBU) Action Request: Following the meeting, TMG contacted the
Embassy to request background information on the Global Initiative.
While post has some information on recent exercises, Post would be
grateful for more-comprehensive background information on the
Initiative and recent exercises and conferences conducted under its
auspices. Post would also welcome any comments regarding a GI
meeting that would serve as an appropriate venue for a TMG
presentation.

8. (U) This message has been cleared by the Deputy Assistant
Secretary for Nuclear Nonproliferation Policy and Negotiations.

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