Travel Safety Updates: Japan is Open for Safe Travel
New York City, New York – April 15, 2011: The first month after the most major earthquake in the northeastern Japan has been an important recovery time for Japan, despite that international media release floods of extensive coverage on post-catastrophe situation. Thanks to international relief supports and Japan's resilience and hard-working effort enables the country to recover the infrastructure as well as commercial activities at a surprisingly fast pace.
Following the British and Canadian governments’ ease on travel restrictions to Japan, on April 14, the US Department of State has reduced the travel alert to Japan only within the 50 miles radius of the Fukushima nuclear power plant, which excludes major cities such as Tokyo and Yokohama, and Tokyo’s Narita and Haneda airports (http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/pa/pa_5437.html).
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As international organizations release clearer figures and assessment, the current situation has reached a reasonable safety level for international travelers, with detailed data as of April 15.
Can We Visit Japan Today? – YES!
The majority of regions in Japan (including popular travel destinations), are outside the areas affected by tsunami, earthquake and radiation, and received no disruption to infrastructure. Everything in these areas continues to operate as usual. The greater Tokyo area has already retrieved the usual condition, and there are no more periodical blackouts. The other regions are unharmed, and safe and normal as before.
How is the Radiation Level? – NOT DANGEROUS!
Except for the proximate areas near the nuclear power plant, there are no more dangerous levels of radiation detected in Japan. Tokyo is not within the radiation contamination concern area, located over 200km (124 miles) away from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant facilities. The radiation level in Tokyo is similar to that of New York City. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and other international organizations confirm that the radiation level in the atmosphere is within a safety level to human health.
The accident in Fukushima is now categorized as level 7 with the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale (INES). However, the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) estimates the amount of radiation released to the atmosphere as a mere 10% of the Chernobyl accident. Since the INES category doesn’t have anything higher than level 7, both incidents fall into the same category in spite of the huge difference in the radiation levels, size the and structure of the accidents.
In addition, please see the daily updates on radiation levels in major cities and airports in Japan here.
In addition, please see the daily updates on radiation level in major cities in Japan here.
Are Food and Water Safe? – YES!
There is no shortage of food or water, and products distributed to the public are all safe.
Is Public Transportation Working? – YES!
Japan's sophisticated public transportation systems have been recovered to the regular service levels everywhere, except for the tsunami-affected regions.
Since the 3.11 earthquake, Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) continues to release updates on its website (http://www.jnto.go.jp/eq/eng/), including radiation conditions, transportation, events and other travel-related information.
Daily updates are also available online at JNTO’s North American website (http://www.japantravelinfo.com/news/news_item.php?newsid=431).
For more information contact:
Nori Akashi, Public Relations Manager
Information is provided as a courtesy to users of this website. Though the JNTO endeavors to ensure the information is accurate, users of the information are to act on such using their own judgement and at their own risk. Neither the JNTO nor any holder of copyright to the information shall be held responsible in any way whatsoever for any loss or misunderstanding, either direct or indirect, that is incurred as a result of utilizing the information.