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Typhoon Alert (Typhoon Melor)

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Here is the latest Warden Message from the American Embassy Tokyo:

This warden message is being issued to alert U.S. citizens residing and traveling in Japan that the Japan Meteorological Agency has issued alerts for a tropical storm system that is expected to come close to Tokyo late on October 7, 2009.

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) categorizes the storm as currently “very intense” with maximum sustained winds at 105 knots with gusts up to 150 knots.  U.S. citizens in the Kanto area of Japan should monitor the progress of the storms on JMA’s websitehttp://www.jma.go.jp/en/typh (in English) and through local media and make appropriate provisions for food, water and shelter. U.S. citizens are urged to follow all official instructions. 

U.S. citizens should carry their travel documents at all times (i.e. U.S. Passport, Birth Certificate, picture IDs, etc.) or secure them in safe, waterproof locations.  We also suggest that American citizens contact friends and family in the United States with updates about their whereabouts. 
Additional information on hurricanes and storm preparedness may be found in the “Hurricane Season-Know Before You Go” pamphlet at:

http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/hurricane_season/hurricane_season_2915.html

and on the “Natural Disasters” page of the Bureau of Consular Affairs’ website at:

http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/emergencies/emergencies_1207.html

Updated information on travel in Japan may be obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 if toll free calling is available, or directly at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays.)
Please continue to monitor the Embassy’s website for updated information at http://japan.usembassy.gov/.  For further information please consult the Country Specific Information Sheet for Japan, available via the Internet at http://travel.state.gov.    

For further information or any emergencies involving American 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 in Tokyo
American Citizen Services
1-10-5 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-8420
Tel: 03-3224-5174
After Hours: 03-3224-5000
Fax: 03-3224-5856

http://japan.usembassy.gov/e/tacs-main.html

The U.S. Embassy serves Americans in Tokyo, Chiba, FukushimaGunma, Ibaraki, KanagawaNagano, Niigata, SaitamaShizuoka,TochigiYamagata and Yamanashi.

Consulates:

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

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

•    Fukuoka:  5-26, Ohori 2-chome, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka 810-0052; Tel: 092-751-9331, Fax: 092-713-9222; serving Americans in Fukuoka, Kagoshima, Kumamoto, Miyazaki, Nagasaki, Oita, Saga and Yamaguchi prefectures.http://japan.usembassy.gov/fukuoka/wwwhmain.html

•    Sapporo: Kita 1-jo, Nishi 28-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo 064-0821; Tel: 011-641-1115, Fax: 011-643-1283; serving Americans inAkita, Aomori, Hokkaido, Iwate and Miyagi prefectures. http://sapporo.usconsulate.gov/

•    Naha: 2-1-1 Toyama, Urasoe City, Okinawa 901-2104; Phone: 098.876.4211, Fax: 098.876.4243, DSN: 645-7323; serving Americans in Okinawa and the Amami Oshima Island group
http://naha.usconsulate.gov/

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