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Cablegate: Japan Country Clearance for Staffdel Grove

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DE RUEHKO #2042/01 2060706
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 240706Z JUL 08
FM AMEMBASSY TOKYO
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 6056
INFO RUEHBJ/AMEMBASSY BEIJING PRIORITY 4520
RUEHUL/AMEMBASSY SEOUL PRIORITY 0510
RUEHUM/AMEMBASSY ULAANBAATAR PRIORITY 0462

UNCLAS TOKYO 002042

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

EMBASSY BEIJING STAFFDEL CONTROL OFFICER PLEASE PASS TO
MAJOR VENNING

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: OTRA PREL JA
SUBJECT: JAPAN COUNTRY CLEARANCE FOR STAFFDEL GROVE

REF: A. STATE 68634
B. STATE 74001

SENSITIVE BUT UNCLASSIFIED - PLEASE PROTECT ACCORDINGLY.

1. (U) Embassy welcomes and grants country clearance for the
July 31 - August 2, 2008, visit to Japan by Senate
Appropriations Committee Professional Staff Member Paul
Grove, Senate Armed Services Committee Professional Staff
Member Kate Eltrich, and United States Marine Corp Major
Benjamin Venning.

2. (U) Control Officer for the visit will be 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 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:

Paul Grove
Arrive: 7/31
Depart: 8/02
Conf. No.: 643908

Benjamin Venning
Arrive: 7/31
Depart: 8/02
Conf. No.: 643909

Kate Eltrich
Arrive: 7/31
Depart: 8/02
Conf. No.: 643910

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Airport to Hotel Transportation
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4. (U) Control Officer will meet Staffdel Grove at the
arrival gate and assist with transportation to the Hotel
Okura.

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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
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) 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.
ZUMWALT

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