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Cablegate: Japan Country Clearance for S/R Bosworth + 2

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DE RUEHKO #0365/01 0550730
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O 240730Z FEB 10
FM AMEMBASSY TOKYO
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 9598
INFO RUEHBJ/AMEMBASSY BEIJING IMMEDIATE 3227
RUEHUL/AMEMBASSY SEOUL IMMEDIATE 9908

UNCLAS TOKYO 000365

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: OTRA AMGT KNNP PREL ASEC CN KN KS JA
SUBJECT: JAPAN COUNTRY CLEARANCE FOR S/R BOSWORTH + 2

REF: SECSTATE 16093

1. (U) Embassy warmly welcomes and grants country clearance
to S/R Stephen Bosworth, Daniel Russel, and Jennifer Roque,
for their February 26-27, 2010, visit to Tokyo, Japan.

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

Office phone: (81-3)3224-5340
Home phone: (81-3)3224-6814
Mobile phone: 81-90-4168-4950
Fax: (81-3)3224-5322
E-mail: RoaneJO@state.gov (unclassified)


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Hotel Reservations
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3. (U) Tokyo hotel reservations have been made at the
Imperial Hotel, Tokyo, 1-1 Uchisaiwaicho 1-chome, Chiyoda-ku,
Tokyo 100-8558, Tel: (81-3) 3504-1111 Fax: (81-3) 3581-9146.
Details as follows:

Name: S/R Stephen Bosworth
Arrive: February 26, 2010
Depart: February 27, 2010
Rate: JPY 20,500/night including service/tax charges, free
access to internet, gym

Name: Daniel Russel
Arrive: February 26, 2010
Depart: February 27, 2010
Rate: JPY 20,500/night including service/tax charges, free
access to internet, gym

Name: Jennifer Roque
Arrive: February 26, 2010
Depart: February 27, 2010
Rate: JPY 20,500/night including service/tax charges, free
access to internet, gym

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Transportation to/from Hotel
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4. (U) Control officer and Embassy officials 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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