Did the U.S. Embassy in Japan know something before 9/11?

Someone sent us an email pointing out this information listed on the U.S. Embassy in Japan website that has warnings about terrorist activity shortly before 9/11.


If you scroll down to the bottom, the 9/7/2001 linked entry states:

( http://tokyo.usembassy.gov/txts/wwwt090701.txt )

Embassy of the United States of America
Tokyo, Japan
September 7, 2001

The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo today issued to all American citizens in
Japan the following Warden System message:

"We have received unconfirmed information that terrorist actions
may be taken against U.S. military facilities or against
establishments frequented by U.S. military personnel."

and the 9/10/2001 linked entry states:

( http://tokyo.usembassy.gov/txts/wwwt091001.txt )

U.S. Department of State
U.S. Embassy, Tokyo, Japan
September 10, 2001 (Tokyo Time)

Please pass the following U.S. Department of State public announcement to American
citizens. Further travel information is always available at http://travel.state.gov, on
recorded telephone message at 1-202-647-5225 or by fax back at 1-202-647-3000.

PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT -Worldwide Caution - September 7, 2001 (Washington
DC Time)

Over the last several months, the U.S. Government has learned that U.S. citizens and
interests abroad may be at increased risk of a terrorist action from extremist groups. In
addition, we have received unconfirmed information that terrorist actions may be taken
against U.S. military facilities and/or establishments frequented by U.S. military
personnel in Korea and Japan. We are also concerned about information we received in
May 2001 that American citizens may be the target of a terrorist threat from extremist
groups with links to Usama Bin Ladin's AI-Qaida organization. In the past, such
individuals have not distinguished between official and civilian targets. As always, we
take this information seriously. U.S. Government facilities worldwide remain at a
heightened state of alert.

U.S. citizens are urged to maintain a high level of vigilance and to take appropriate steps
to increase their security awareness to reduce their vulnerability. Americans should
maintain a low profile, vary routes and times for all required travel, and treat mail and
packages from unfamiliar sources with suspicion. In addition, American citizens are also
urged to avoid contact with any suspicious, unfamiliar objects, and to report the presence
of the objects to local authorities. Vehicles should not be left unattended, if at all
possible, and should be kept locked at all times. U.S. Government personnel overseas
have been advised to take the same precautions. In addition, U.S. Government facilities
have and will continue to temporarily close or suspend public services as necessary to
review their security posture and ensure its adequacy.

U.S. citizens planning to travel abroad should consult the Department of State's Public
Announcements, Travel Warnings, Consular Information Sheets, and regional travel
brochures, all of which are available at the Consular Affairs Internet website at
http://travel.state.gov. We will continue to provide updated information should it become
available. American citizens overseas may contact the American Citizens Services unit of
the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate by telephone or fax for up-to-date information on
security conditions. In addition, American citizens in need of emergency assistance
should telephone the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate before visiting the Embassy or

Department of State travel information and publications are available at Internet address:
http://travel.state.gov. U.S. travelers may hear recorded information by calling the
Department of State in Washington, D.C. at 202-647-5225 from their touch-tone
telephone, or receive information by automated fax by dialing 202-647-3000 from their
fax machine.

This Public Announcement supersedes the Public Announcement - Worldwide Caution of
June 22, 2001 to inform U.S. citizens of unconfirmed threats against U.S. military
facilities, personnel and establishments frequented by U.S. military personnel. This
Public Announcement expires on December 22, 2001.

And there is a notice on 9/12/2001 referencing the 9/11 attacks. For some reason the earliest entry is the 9/7/2001 entry.

So what does this mean, if anything?

They do give these warnings from time to time, so it could be a coincidence.