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Cablegate: Country Clearance for Secretary of Defense And

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PP RUEHWEB

DE RUEHKO #5067 3050526
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 010526Z NOV 07
FM AMEMBASSY TOKYO
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 9111
INFO RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC PRIORITY

UNCLAS TOKYO 005067

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE

SIPDIS

SECDEF FOR LTC DORN, SA ERIC E. BRUCE, OSD TRAVEL TEAM

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: OTRA PREL JA
SUBJECT: COUNTRY CLEARANCE FOR SECRETARY OF DEFENSE AND
PARTY

REF: SECDEF WASHINGTON DC 301922Z OCT 07

1. (U) Embassy welcomes and grants country clearance for the
November 7-9, 2007 visit to Japan by Secretary of Defense
Robert M. Gates and party.

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

Office phone: (81-3)3224-5325
Home phone: (81-3)3224-6940
Mobile phone: 81-90-3591-0698
Fax: (81-3)3224-5322
E-mail: ReadeEG@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.

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Airport to Hotel Transportation
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4. (U) Secretary Gates and his delegation will be met at the
airport.

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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.

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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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