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Cablegate: Country Clearance for Pm Senior Advisor Ambassador

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P 110221Z SEP 07
FM AMEMBASSY TOKYO
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 7460
INFO RUEHRL/AMEMBASSY BERLIN 1302
RUEHPG/AMEMBASSY PRAGUE 0208
RUEHUL/AMEMBASSY SEOUL 4956
RUEHFT/AMCONSUL FRANKFURT 0462
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UNCLAS TOKYO 004227

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

STATE FOR PM/SNA K.MARSHALL

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: OTRA PREL JA
SUBJECT: COUNTRY CLEARANCE FOR PM SENIOR ADVISOR AMBASSADOR
JACKSON MCDONALD AND DELEGATION

REF: SECSTATE 123018

1. (U) Embassy welcomes and grants country clearance for the
September 20-26, 2007 visit to Japan by Ambassador Jackson
McDonald, CDR Thomas C. Herold, and LTC Phillip D. Janzen.

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

Office phone: (81-3)3224-5342
Home phone: (81-3)3224-6910
Mobile phone: 81-80-5479-4214
Fax: (81-3)3224-5322
E-mail: GunningCJ2@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:

Amb. Jackson McDonald
Arrive: 9/20/07
Depart: 9/26/07
Conf. No.: 631393

CDR Thomas C. Herold
Arrive: 9/20/07
Depart: 9/26/07
Conf. No.: 631394

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LTC Phillip D. Janzen
Arrive: 9/20/07
Depart: 9/26/07
Conf. No.: 631395

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Airport to Hotel Transportation
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4. (U) Control Officer will meet Ambasador McDonald 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 passport may enter Japan as a tourist without a
Japanese visa for up to 90 days.

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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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