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Bali's Security Gets Thumbs Up!

Japanese Ambassador Visits Bali, Praising Island's Security Situation.

(10/31/2001) The Tuesday, October 30 edition of the English language Jakarta Post reported that the Japanese Ambassador to Jakarta, Mr. Yuki Takauchi had just concluded an inspection visit to Bali during which he found the island to be safe for visits by tourists from his country.

Ambassador Takauchi was quoted by the paper as saying: "The results of my monitoring during my two-day visit to Bali show the island is safe, so I will encourage Japanese tourists not to be afraid of visiting Bali."

During his visit to Bali, the Ambassador consulted with Bali's Chief of Police, Brigadier General Budi Setyawan, receiving a complete briefing on Bali past record of maintaining the peace and current measures in place to ensure tourists enjoy their stay in complete safety.

Commenting on the protest demonstrations in Jakarta, the Ambassador discounted the dramatic press coverage of those events, claiming the "security threat" in the Capital "was nothing special."

The Japanese and Australian markets remain Bali's largest sources of foreign visitors.