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Personal security overseas

More than 10,000 terrorist attacks occur across the globe every year. Japanese people are considered legitimate targets by terrorists. While overseas, industrial spies will be targeting your company’s information. Japanese companies are increasingly compelled to consider personal security and information security measures whenever their employees venture abroad. Simultaneously, every employee needs to acquire the knowledge and skills to ensure their own safety. Such skills and knowledge act as anti-terrorism measures, and in a crisis situation could mean the difference between life and death. Are you still willing to say “this has nothing to do with me.”? You may be the next victim. The only person who can be relied upon to keep yourself safe is you.

Should a valuable employee fall victim to a terrorist incident, a manager has the duty to consider not only the personal loss but also the effects on the company. Should an employee be killed by a terrorist, the person’s valuable knowledge, experience and networks are all lost in an instant. Negative psychological effects amongst other employees will emerge as well. Should an employee be kidnapped, the average ransom is one million U.S. dollars, and difficult managerial decisions will be required. While a firm’s valuable data is highly protected within Japan by the latest cyber security systems, the same data can easily be stolen when employees venture overseas. Appropriate measures for a company to avoid having to suffer unpleasant consequences due to terrorist or criminal activities will be outlined. Additionally, information security measures which can be practiced by individual employees while overseas will be introduced.

Learn personal anti terrorism measures in greater granularity, and in easier to understand/remember format, than those contained in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Overseas Safety webpage or various police agency websites.

With the right knowledge and skills, it is possible to practice individual antiterrorism and anti-crime measures while travelling abroad. Even personal security measures to be used when residing in foreign countries can be easily learned. When travelling to foreign countries, the security of those destinations is of quite some concern. In an unfamiliar country, the only people we can completely rely upon are ourselves. Therefore, you need to protect yourself. It is not our job to prevent terrorist acts, or to apprehend terrorists. Our job is to return safely home for the benefit of those whom await our return. I will teach you easily understandable measures to avoid being targeted by terrorists and avoid being wrapped up in terrorist incidents.

Learn personal anti terrorism measures in greater granularity, and in easier to understand/remember format, than those contained in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Overseas Safety webpage or various police agency websites.

Japanese citizens targeted

Terrorist activities also have a marketing effect. When a terrorist group does something newsworthy, it increases financial support. As proven by the recent Japanese hostage incident, a Japanese hostage garners immediate worldwide attention. Therefore, Japanese hostages are highly desirable to these groups.

Wrong place, wrong time

Even if not specifically targeted, there is also the possibility of being wrapped up in a terrorist incident. Terrorist incidents happen in numerous countries throughout the world、not just the Middle East. Unless Japanese victims are involved, however, these events are not widely reported in the Japanese press. This is a hidden trap, and serves to lessen one’s precautions.

Relatively close dangerous areas.

South Asia and Southeast Asia are visited by many Japanese travelers, yet both regions see frequent terrorist activity.

Impact of choices

From the selection of an airline seat to the choice of a hotel, small things can spell the difference between coming home alive or not.

Not just terrorists!

Even if not a victim of terrorism, becoming the victim of a crime can not only ruin one’s vacation but in the worst case may mean forfeiting one’s life. Many of the techniques used to avoid terrorism can also be used to avoid crime.

The danger of industrial espionage

Having valuable information stolen while travelling abroad as a representative of one’s company will have a damaging affect on the livelihoods of all employees.


What will be taught

Provide your employees with the knowledge and skills they need to protect themselves while travelling or assigned abroad. Anti-terrorism and anti-industrial espionage methods for the individual, learned directly, in Japanese, from a former US military anti-terrorism training instructor.


Who will teach

Based on the foundation of my 20 years of service in the U.S. Navy,
I instruct, in Japanese, anti- terrorism measures, anti-crime measures, and information security practices.

William J. Young

Born and raised in Kamakura, Japan. Native level Japanese language.
- Former Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy  
- Served as Aide to the Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Japan  
- Served as Flagship Operations Officer onboard the amphibious assault ship USS Belleau Wood  
- Designated U.S. Navy Anti-Terrorism Training Officer (ATTO)  


20 years experience as a U.S. Navy officer, visited 22 foreign countries during the course of my duties.
- M.A., National Security Affairs, East Asia and Pacific from the Naval Postgraduate School - M.B.A., University of Washington

Anti-terrorism experience

The current “Era of Terrorism” started on October 12th, 2000 with the terrorist bombing of the USS Cole in Aden harbor. The U.S. Navy reeled from the impact, and anti-terrorism became a top priority. At the time, I was a staff officer assigned to a U.S. Navy headquarters in Singapore, but was ordered to become an anti-terrorism specialist. My duties included ensuring the safety of U.S. Navy ships, aircraft and personnel operating in Southeast Asia, and educating other staff members in personal anti-terrorism measures. Following that tour, I was assigned as the Homeland Defense Assistant on the staff of Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, and oversaw fleet level anti-terrorism operations for the U.S. West Coast, Hawaii, and all U.S. territories in the Pacific. After retiring from the Navy, I earned a MBA from the University of Washington. I currently consider anti-terrorism from the perspective of the average Japanese citizen, and started a consultancy to teach anti-terrorism and personal security measures to firms and individuals with vested interests overseas.


How it works

I will go to your company and conduct the lecture. Either a white board or a blackboard will be greatly appreciated. Computer and audiovisual support will not be required.

Requests for video or audio recording will be declined.

I will gladly conduct special presentations designed to meet the requirements of various groups. Please feel free to contact me.

Overseas Residence: Basic course + information safeguards, etc. + living abroad    Approximately 4 hours    ¥200,000 plus tax

Overseas Business Travel: Basic course + information safeguards, etc.    Approximately 3 hours    ¥150,000 plus tax

Overseas Travel: Basic course    Approximately 2 hours    ¥100,000 plus tax

For companies with busy operating schedules, while providing employees with knowledge and skills is highly desirable, it may be difficult to have them attend lectures lasting several hours. In such instances, it is possible to develop customized courses which best suit the needs of the company. Please feel free to contact me.
A. Provide employees with basic knowledge and skills within one hour
Fundamental tools (10 min.)
Anti terrorism/anti crime (20 min.)
Industrial spies (20 min.)
Skills to practice in Japan (10 min.)
B. Business destinations have relatively low risk of terrorism, but crime is prevalent
Fundamental tools (10 min.)
Anti crime (20 min.)
Industrial spies (20 min.)
Skills to practice in Japan (10 min.)
C. Business destinations have low terrorism and crime levels, but desire to protect information
Fundamental tools (10 min.)
Industrial spies (40 min.)
Skills to practice in Japan (10 min.)
D. 90 minute lesson
Fundamental tools (10 min.)
Anti terrorism/anti crime (40 min.)
Industrial spies (30 min.)
Skills to practice in Japan (10 min.))


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