Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protests planned near U.S. Government Facilities on Okinawa

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protests planned near U.S. Government Facilities on Okinawa

by: U.S. Embassy Tokyo | .
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published: November 18, 2015

The Embassy has received information that on November 18, 19, and 20, protests are planned near U.S. military bases and the U.S. Consulate on Okinawa.
 
According to information received by the Embassy, organizers plan to bring up to 500 protestors to Camp Schwab on November 18, the U.S. Consulate on November 19, and Camp Foster on November 20.  Similar protests in the past have been non-violent in nature.
 
The protests are expected to last for a few hours in the morning, with the protest at the Consulate scheduled from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM.  As these are work days, the protests do have the potential to disrupt traffic at each site.
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 bases or Consulate.
 
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) at www.Travel.State.Gov.  STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or 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 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).  Follow us on Twitter at:  (https://twitter.com/#!/travelgov) and Facebook at: (https://www.facebook.com/travelgov).
 
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 listed below:

U.S. Embassy Tokyo
American Citizen Services
1-10-5 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-8420
Tel: 03-3224-5000
Fax: 03-3224-5856
http://japan.usembassy.gov/e/tacs-main.html
Serves U.S. citizens in Tokyo, Chiba, Fukushima, Gunma, Ibaraki, Kanagawa, Nagano, Niigata, Saitama, Shizuoka, Tochigi, Yamagata and Yamanashi.

Consulates:

• Osaka-Kobe:
11-5, Nishitenma 2-chome, Kita-ku, Osaka 530-8543
Tel: 06-6315-5912
Fax: 06-6315-5914
http://osaka.usconsulate.gov/
Serves U.S. citizens in Osaka, Aichi, Ehime, Fukui, Gifu, Hiroshima, Hyogo, Ishikawa, Kagawa, Kochi, Kyoto, Mie, Nara, Okayama, Shimane, Shiga, Tokushima, Tottori, Toyama, and Wakayama prefectures.

• Nagoya:
Nagoya International Center Bldg. 6th floor, 1-47-1 Nagono, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya 450-0001
Tel (052) 581-4501
Fax: (052) 581-3190
http://nagoya.usconsulate.gov/
Provides emergency consular services only (including death and arrest cases) for Americans living in Aichi, Gifu, and Mie prefectures.

• Fukuoka:
5-26, Ohori 2-chome, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka 810-0052
Tel: 092-751-9331
Fax: 092-713-9222
http://fukuoka.usconsulate.gov/
Serves U.S. citizens in Fukuoka, Kagoshima, Kumamoto, Miyazaki, Nagasaki, Oita, Saga and Yamaguchi prefectures.

• Sapporo:
Kita 1-jo, Nishi 28-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo 064-0821
Tel: 011-641-1115
Fax: 011-643-1283
http://sapporo.usconsulate.gov/
Serves U.S. citizens in Akita, Aomori, Hokkaido, Iwate and Miyagi prefectures.

• Naha:
2-1-1 Toyama, Urasoe City, Okinawa 901-2104
Tel: 098.876.4211
Fax: 098.876.4243
http://naha.usconsulate.gov/
Serves U.S. citizens in Okinawa and the Amami Oshima Island group