Message to U.S. Citizens: Improvements to Safety and Security Information

January 5, 2018 On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, the Department of State will make changes to our safety and security information to make it easier to find, understand, and use. Travel Advisories will replace Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts. Every country will have a Travel Advisory, which will provide one of four standard levels of ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protest Outside Fukuoka American Center

Japanese authorities have informed us of planned protests against the United States’ recent decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, at the following times and locations: Friday, December 15th, 1500 hours to 1700 hours, U.S. Embassy Tokyo Sunday, December 17th, from 1030 hours to 1300, various spots around Tenjin (near the Fukuoka American Center) ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protest Outside U.S. Embassy on Friday, Dec. 15

Japanese authorities have informed the U.S. Embassy that on Friday, December 15th, from 1500 hours to 1700 hours, approximately 300 demonstrators plan to protest the United States’ recent decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital. The protest is expected to be held approximately 200 meters north of the Embassy’s main gate (near Sotobori-Dori). Although ...
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Worldwide Caution – Dec. 6, 2017

December 6, 2017 As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad. This replaces the Worldwide ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens – Typhoon Saola October 27, 2017

The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo cautions U.S. citizens that Typhoon Saola (Typhoon No. 22) is expected to bring extremely high winds, dangerous storm tides, heavy rainfall, and possible flooding to areas of Okinawa Prefecture and Amami Oshima Island in Kagoshima Prefecture beginning early Saturday, October 28, and continuing through late Sunday, October 29. The storm ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Typhoon Lan October 20, 2017

The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo cautions U.S. citizens that Typhoon Lan (currently situated east of the Philippines), could strengthen between Friday and Saturday as it passes east of the Philippines and Taiwan and may impact Japan this weekend.  The official forecast from the  Joint Typhoon Warning Center  is that Typhoon Lan could reach super typhoon intensity by Friday — meaning its top winds will reach ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Tropical Cyclone Talim (No. 18) Update

September 15, 2017 The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo cautions U.S. citizens that Typhoon Talim (Typhoon Number 18) has shifted direction to the northeast and is expected to make landfall over southern Kyushu sometime overnight from September 16 to early September 17, 2017, and then continue over Kyushu, western Honshu and Hokkaido over the following days ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Tropical Cyclone Talim (No. 18)

The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo cautions U.S. citizens that Typhoon Talim (Typhoon Number 18) is expected to make landfall in Okinawa Prefecture near the Sakishima islands, which include Miyako, Ishigaki, Iriomote and Yonaguni Islands, during the early morning of September 13, 2017, and then move toward Taiwan and mainland China. 
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Emergency Preparedness

August 31, 2017 Mid-way through the 2017 Typhoon season and ahead of September National Preparedness Month in Japan, the U.S. Embassy would like to remind U.S. citizens living and traveling in Japan of the importance of staying connected and having access to the latest local emergency information. The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo encourages U.S. citizens ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Tropical Cyclone Noru (No. 5)

August 4, 2017 The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo cautions U.S. citizens that Typhoon Noru (Typhoon Number 5) is expected to make landfall near Amami Oshima Island in Kagoshima Prefecture during the morning of August 5, 2017, and then move on to affect Kyushu and possibly other parts of Japan.  In conjunction with this storm, the ...
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Security Message: Safe Night in Tokyo

June 30, 2017 As peak travel season approaches, the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo is offering the following security tips to help visitors stay safe while enjoying Tokyo’s world-famous nightlife. The general crime rate in Japan is well below the U.S. national average, and Tokyo, like all of Japan, is generally a safe place for visitors. ...
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Travel Alert for U.S. Citizens: Hurricane and Typhoon Season 2017

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the Hurricane and Typhoon Seasons in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico. Hurricane and Typhoon Season will last through November 2017, though most tropical cyclones typically develop between May and October. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recommends that those ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Worldwide Caution Update

As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad. This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated September ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protest on Anniversary of 1945 Tokyo Bombing

U.S. Embassy Tokyo Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protest on Anniversary of 1945 Tokyo Bombing March 10, 2017 The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that demonstrations are expected to take place around the Embassy and surrounding areas between 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM on March 10. Protestors will be demonstrating to call attention to the 1945 bombing of ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Tropical Cyclone Malakas (No. 16)

The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo cautions U.S. citizens that Typhoon Malakas (Typhoon No. 16) is expected to bring extremely high winds, dangerous storm tides, heavy rainfall, and possible flooding to areas of Okinawa Prefecture. Malakas is forecast to make landfall near Ishigaki Island and Iriomote Island in Okinawa Prefecture early September 17, and then move ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Typhoon Namtheun (Tropical Cyclone 12)

The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo cautions U.S. citizens that Typhoon Namtheun is expected to bring heavy rain and sustained winds to areas of Southern and Western Japan beginning late Saturday, September 3, and continuing through Sunday, September 4. According to current forecasts, the storm will make landfall in Kagoshima Prefecture, Kyushu, at about 9:00 a.m. ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Tropical Cyclone Lionrock

The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo cautions U.S. citizens in the Tokyo region that Typhoon LIONROCK (Tropical Cyclone 10) is expected to bring heavy rain and sustained winds up to 30 mph, with 60-mph gusts, to the region beginning in the evening of Monday, August 29 and continuing throughout Tuesday, August 30. Storm tides, heavy rainfall, ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Tropical Cyclone Mindulle

The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo cautions U.S. citizens that Tropical Storm Mindulle is expected to make landfall near Kanagawa Prefecture at approximately Noon today, and then move northward along the east coast of Japan. In conjunction with this storm, the Japan Meteorological Agency may issue a High Wave and Thunderstorm advisory for all of northern ...
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Message to U.S. Citizens Regarding Delta System-wide Outage

The following message is from Delta Airlines: Due to a Delta system wide outage travel has been impacted to/from/through all Delta Air Lines served cities. Check flight status often, or see Delta’s NewsHub for more information. Rescheduling Flights If your flight is canceled or significantly delayed, you are entitled to a refund. Even if your flight is not canceled, ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: 71st Anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Bombings

On Saturday, August 6 and Tuesday, August 9 between approximately 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM, demonstrations are expected at the U.S. Embassy and surrounding areas to call attention to the anniversaries of the Word War II bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Monday, August 15, which marks the end of the war, may also draw protests ...
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Embassy Message for U.S. Citizens: Disaster Prevention and Information Resources for U.S. Citizens Residing and Traveling in Japan

Recent events in and around Japan including natural disasters like the series of earthquakes in March of 2016, the active typhoon season of 2015, volcanic eruptions, and various events transpiring in neighboring nations should remind U.S. citizens living and traveling in Japan of the importance of staying connected and having access to late breaking local ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Large-Scale Protest at Ohnoyama Park in Naha on June 19

This message is being issued to alert U.S. citizens living in or traveling to Japan that the Embassy has received information that on Sunday, June 19, 2016, a large-scale protest and rally is planned at the Ohnoyama General Athletic Field at the Ohnoyoma Park and sports complex in central Naha, Okinawa. According to information received, ...
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Travel Alert – Hurricane and Typhoon Season 2016

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the Hurricane and Typhoon Seasons in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico. Hurricane and Typhoon Season lasts through November 2016, though most tropical cyclones typically develop between May and October. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recommends that those in ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Update on Situation in Kumamoto and Oita Prefectures – Shelter and Transportation Information

This is a follow up to the information in the Embassy’s Emergency Message to U.S. Citizens sent on April 15. Two large-scale earthquakes and numerous aftershocks have occurred in Kumamoto and Oita Prefectures in the Kyushu region of Japan since April 14. Kumamoto is approximately 730 miles southwest of Tokyo. Mashiki Town, Minami-Aso Village, Aso City, and Kumamoto City in ...
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Emergency Message: 6.5 Magnitude Earthquake in Kumamoto Prefecture

A 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck Kumamoto Prefecture in the Kyushu region of Japan at 9:26 p.m. (UTC+09:00) on Thursday, April 14. Aftershocks continued through the night of April 14-15. Kumamoto is approximately 730 miles southwest of Tokyo. Authorities report nine confirmed deaths and as many as 1,000 injured. Local authorities report no U.S. citizens among ...
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Emergency Message: Flooding and Landslides in Tochigi and Ibaraki Prefectures

This message is to inform U.S. citizens in Japan that the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) has issued emergency weather warnings for areas in Tochigi and Ibaraki Prefectures after heavy rains triggered floods and landslides in localized areas of Eastern Japan. Prefectural authorities have issued evacuation orders affecting areas in both prefectures, especially along the flooded ...
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Emergency Message: Evacuation Warning for Mount Sakurajima in Kagoshima Prefecture

The Embassy in Tokyo alerts U.S. citizens residing or traveling in Japan that on August 15 the Japan Meteorological Agency raised the warning to Level 4 for volcanic activity at Sakurajima Mountain in Kagoshima Prefecture on Kyushu. Sakurajima is a popular tourist destination located across the bay from downtown Kagoshima City. A Level 4 warning ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: 70th Anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Bombings

Thursday, August 6, is the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, and a traditional day of protests against the U.S. Embassy. As in years past, multiple groups of protestors may drive around the Embassy throughout the day while making pronouncements via trucks with loudspeakers. The protesters are generally non-violent in nature, but at ...
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Travel Alert – Hurricane and Typhoon Season 2015

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the Hurricane and Typhoon Seasons in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico. Hurricane and Typhoon Season will last through November 2015, though most tropical cyclones typically develop between May and October. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recommends that those ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Drink Spiking in Roppongi

As reported in the crime section of our Country Specific Information for Japan , the Embassy continues to receive reports of drink spiking incidents in Tokyo’s Roppongi district, particularly near the Roppongi Crossing area. We remind U.S. citizens to exercise caution and maintain security awareness in entertainment districts like Roppongi and Shinjuku’s Kabuki-cho, as drink spiking incidents over the years ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Jihadist Threats

A recent anonymous posting on a Jihadist website encouraged attacks against American and other international schools in the Middle East, including Western teachers employed at these schools. That message referenced schools in the localities of Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) and Maadi (Egypt) as examples, and these two cities as locations with high concentrations of potential targets. ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Typhoon Phanfone

The Embassy alerts U.S. citizens residing or traveling in Eastern Japan, including the Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya consular districts, that the U.S. Navy Joint Typhoon Warning Center and the Japan Meteorological Agency are tracking Typhoon Phanfone in the Northwestern Pacific. As of October 3, Phanfone continues on a northerly track through the Northwestern Pacific Ocean ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Landslides in Hiroshima

U.S. Embassy Tokyo alerts U.S. citizens residing or traveling in Japan that heavy rains in the Hiroshima area have already caused fatal landslides in Asaminami-ku in the Northern part of Hiroshima city. Local emergency responders warn of the danger of further landslides in light of continued forecasts of rain in Hiroshima and its vicinity. U.S. ...
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Emergency Message: Typhoon Neoguri

The U.S. Embassy alerts U.S. citizens residing or traveling in Japan that the Japan Meteorological Agency and the Kadena Weather Authority at Kadena Air Base are tracking Typhoon Neoguri in the Western Pacific. As of 10 a.m. on Monday, July 7, 2014, Typhoon Neoguri continues on a northwest track through the Western Pacific Ocean and ...
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