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Safety and Security Information

General Information

While no one wants to dwell on the thought of impending disaster, prudent planning can give you piece of mind knowing that you have prepared your family or company as well as possible.This page offers some resources of use in disaster preparedness.

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Personal Safety Precautions

We continue to strongly recommend all Americans review their personal safety precautions, and that organizations associated with the American community should implement heightened security measures.Many callers to the Embassy have asked for advice on how to stay safe.

An excellent resource for ideas on ways to enhance your or your organization's security is available online from the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC), established by the U.S. Department of State in 1985 to foster the exchange of information between American companies with overseas operations and the U.S. Government.

Please also take a look at the following websites:

 

American Citizen Services Newsletter

Sign up for our free Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). You will receive by email our public announcements on safety and security issues in Japan as well as our monthly newsleetters.

Rumors

Many people have contacted the Embassy in relation to rumors and threats they have heard.In any instance where you believe a threat exists, please contact the Japanese police, who are able to assist in such matters where the Embassy cannot. The Embassy has no police powers and cannot investigate suspicious persons or activities.

Information of value to law enforcement agencies in the U.S. should be reported to the Embassy's Regional Security Office through the Embassy's main switchboard 03-3224-5000.

We ask all Americans to examine each rumor, threat, concern with a critical eye, and to carefully evaluate information they receive before acting on it.

 Telephone Bomb Threats

Police can be contacted by phone anywhere in Japan by dialing 110 (cell phone users may need to dial the local police station directly). Employees and family members should try to report threats to the police in Japanese if possible.

The Embassy advises all U.S. enterprises to review procedures for receiving and assessing bomb threats, and to prepare contingency plans for such threats. Information on how to prepare for and react to bomb threats is available at Ensuring Building Security by DHS.