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Embassy warns Japanese nationals against Washington visits ahead of inauguration

This November 2019 file photo shows the White House in Washington. (Mainichi/Kota Takamoto)

TOKYO -- The Embassy of Japan in the United States advised on Jan. 12 that Japanese nationals refrain from any unnecessary visits to Washington, citing the possibility of protests in conjunction with U.S. President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on Jan. 20.

    The call urged Japanese nationals to "pay more attention than usual to the situation around them" in urban areas across the country and to "carefully consider" visiting the center of the capital in particular.

    It cited U.S. news media reports that the FBI has warned of possible armed protests in Washington and state capitals, saying that explosives and Molotov cocktails have been found in Washington, and suspicious objects have been discovered in capitol buildings in other parts of the country since rioters supporting President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

    For this reason, the embassy listed central Washington, state capitol buildings, government facilities, and urban areas as places where Japanese in the U.S. should be on the alert. It also urged such people to "strictly refrain from unnecessarily approaching or taking pictures of protest activities."

    (Japanese original by Ryuko Tadokoro, Political News Department)

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