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Cablegate: Japan Country Clearance for Staffdel Gates + 2

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OO RUEHWEB

DE RUEHKO #2621/01 3170124
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
O 130124Z NOV 09
FM AMEMBASSY TOKYO
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 7504
INFO RUEHNE/AMEMBASSY NEW DELHI IMMEDIATE 8735
RUEHGP/AMEMBASSY SINGAPORE IMMEDIATE 7440

UNCLAS TOKYO 002621

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

DEPARTMENT FOR H AND RM/F/DFS/FO/AA/CAA

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: OREP AMGT ASEC AFIN JA
SUBJECT: JAPAN COUNTRY CLEARANCE FOR STAFFDEL GATES + 2

REF: SECSTATE 112826

1. (U) Embassy welcomes the visit of Mr. Kevin Gates, Mr.
Doug Bush, and LT Brandon Hamilton to Japan on November
15-17, 2009.

2. (U) Control Officer for the visit will be Mr. Rod Tanaka.
He can be reached at:

Office phone: (81-3)3224-5420
Home phone: (81-3)3700-0570
Mobile phone: 81-90-6198-1831
Fax: (81-3)3224-5418
E-mail: rtanaka@san.osd.mil (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:

Name: Kevin Gates
Arrive: November 15, 2009
Depart: November 17, 2009
Conf. No.: 657181

Name: Doug Bush
Arrive: November 15, 2009
Depart: November 17, 2009
Conf. No.: 657182

Name: Brandon Hamilton
Arrive: November 15, 2009
Depart: November 17, 2009
Conf. No.: 657183

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Transportation to/from Hotel
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4. (U) Control officer will be at the airport to meet,
greet, and assist.

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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. (U) 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.
ROOS

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