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QUESTION: What would the FBI do when a person informs the FBI about a terrorist plot in Japan, because he does not know who, to contact in Japan?

ANSWER: If the FBI were to receive credible information concerning a terrorist act that might occur in Japan, FBI Headquarters would no doubt contact their FBI Legal Attache (LegAt) who is a senior FBI Special Agent assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo. Through secure channels, they would inform the LegAt of the information and task him with informing the US Ambassador and no doubt the CIA Chief-of-Station. As one of their collateral duties, the FBI LegAt is also tasked with maintaining high level law enforcement/intelligence liaisons with the Japanese government and any actionable intelligence would no doubt be funneled to the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department Public Security Bureau (PSB) for their action. The PSB is patterned very much like The New Scotland Yard in England and is tasked with investigating terrorist activities in Japan.

In that our law enforcement/intelligence agencies have dropped the ball in previous incidents, we can only assume (hope) that the U.S. government has now established specific 'notification protocols' that would ensure that this type of critical information is disseminated to the proper agencies in a timely fashion.   

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QUESTION: Is it correct that if the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department, wanted to ask additional questions to this person there would send over a police officer to the United States to have a meeting with this person at a FBI office in the United States?  This person would not have to travel to Japan.


If the person did not want to travel to Japan, we would assume Japan would send an agent to where the person was located in the United States. As an alternative, the interview could be conducted via secure/classified video-conferencing from a secure location.

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