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 times their motorcades disrupt traffic.

On Sunday, August 9, we also expect groups of protestors to circle the Embassy throughout the day to draw attention to the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki. The police expect minimal disruptions to traffic around the Embassy on August 9 due to low traffic volume on a Sunday.

Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. You should avoid areas of demonstrations and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations. Please be aware of your surroundings if you enter or depart the Embassy or Consulates.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Japan enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates and makes it easier for the U.S. Embassy or the nearest U.S. Consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

Contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate for up-to-date information on travel restrictions. You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries. These numbers are available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Regularly monitor the State Department’s website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution. Read the Country Specific Information for Japan. For additional information, refer to our Travelers Checklist.

For any emergencies involving U.S. citizens, please contact the American Citizens Services (ACS) Unit of either the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo or one of the U.S. Consulates in Japan.