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61 Answers

  • +3

    Tiara, it depends where you intend to go. Obviously the entire north east, north of Tokyo is not safe. There are still 300,000+ people living in emergency shelters. Food, clean water and fuel (including heating oil) is in extremely short supply. In particular you are advised to stay at least 80km away from the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power station. The situation there has improved but it is still considered very serious. There's no certainty the 2 damaged reactors and a pool of spent fuel rods are contained, and could still be emitting radiation.
    Today, for a period of about 6 to 12 hours the winds over the plant are expected to turn south and south-west. IF there were any leak of radiation it would be carried over the main island of Honshu. HOWEVER, the authorities point out that levels of radiation OUTSIDE that 80km zone would have negligible effect on human health.
    Many foreign governments - as a precaution - have advised their citizens to leave Tokyo. There have been some higher-than-normal radiation levels, but again, nothing considered a threat to human health (some argue the level of radiation exposure on an international flight is greater than the exposure on the ground in Tokyo).
    This Japanese man is using a geiger counter to take his own readings.... and today reports "normal" levels of radiation.

    South of Tokyo, and the north-western coast (inc Osaka, Nagoya, Kyoto, Yokohama) are all cleared for travel and are no less "safe" than usual.
    Hope that helps. Phil almost 10 years ago

    Answered by Ask Phil via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    If you are going to arrive at Narita, and spend time in Tokyo including Yokohama, you'll find some inconvenience especially transportation and planned blackouts.
    Higher than usual radiation levels are detected on fresh products (from Fukushima, Tochigi, Gunma, Ibaragi, Chiba prefecture) such as milk and spinach, but the majorities are withdrawn from markets. The authorities are calling people to peel and wash the vegetable well under running water.

    In the Tokai Area, west of Tokyo (Shizuoka, Hakone, Mt. Fuji), the residents are worried of the next large earthquakes. This is due to the Tokai almost 10 years ago

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  • +2

    I'd go a bit further than the above. Most places that most people visit in Japan are "safe", Tokyo included.

    Various national travel advisory services are recommending you avoid Tokyo but as their fine print says, that's NOT because for radiation / safety reasons but rather for the infrastructure difficulties that scheduled blackouts etc may cause. Most of Japan is SAFE - most of the island Honshu including Tokyo and everything west (Osaka, Kyoto, Nara) and all of the islands of Hokkaido in the north, Shikoku SW of Osaka & Kyushu in the SW.

    Fly into Osaka (or another airport rather than Tokyo's Narita or Haneda) if you want to avoid any possible infrastructure issues.

    I live in the north of Japan with my family incl. two small kids. The international press has sensationalized the events with only a bare sprinkling of facts - while the Japanese press is probably de-emphasizing dangers... the reality lies somewhere between the two.

    And while it is certainly true that contaminated foodstuffs (and tap water) have been detected I read that you'd have to live on them and nothing else for a year to accumulate anything like a harmful dose... almost 10 years ago

    Answered by Kuri via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
    • I'm heading to Japan on Monday to help in the relief efforts. I've read alot of the sensationalized reports, but after reading your comments, I feel better about going. Thank you for bringing an intelligent prospective. Sally Petree almost 10 years ago
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    Hi, it is now the 26th of March and I like to know if it is ok to go to Tokyo for a visit. I realize the issues but I have heard many different stories. How is the transport and electricity? How are stores with food with Tokyo? almost 10 years ago

    Answered by Chris via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    Hi I am due to visit Hokaido in May. Should I move my trip to june or July? I had waited for a long time to go. Not sure if it is safe (radiation) in Hokkaido, the atmosphere and also should I travel via Osaka rather than Tokyo?? Thanks! almost 10 years ago

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    My original plan is going to Tokyo and Osaka end of April. And, now, we are not sure if we should postpone the trip. Any comments for the current situation in Tokyo? almost 10 years ago

    Answered by Kitty via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    living in Sapporo, 600 away from fukushima.
    i start blog that relates to Japan tourism after earthquake
    maybe you can find the answer http://tsunagaruconsulting.com/english/ over 9 years ago

    Answered by yuta via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    it should be fine just watch out for giant radioactive monsters (LOL Godzilla) over 9 years ago

    Answered by Ebil via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    Hokkaido is absolutely fine. Has been since the day of the wobbling. If we didn't have any News or Internet we'd be none the wiser. Hokkaido is hundreds of miles from Fukushima. It's like a different country. It is big and beautiful and there is hardly anyone here! Come and enjoy it!

    I would say the same for Shikoku, Kyushu, and anywhere West or South of Tokyo, too.

    My girlfriend's actually from Fukushima, and she's going home next week (having been living in Hokkaido for the winter) it seems like life for her family is pretty much back to normal. Which doesn't mean that a risk doesn't exist, but a lot of fearmongering has been going on outside Japan. over 9 years ago

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    I am going to Chiba. Any danger whatsoever...?like fresh drinking water, infrastructure etc.? over 9 years ago

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    Hello my sister won a round trip ticket to Japan, accomodation and package tour to disneyland and in tokyo. I am wondering if it is safe to go to there in October or November. Thanks for the help over 9 years ago

    Answered by Theela via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    Even with earthquakes and (read the quotes) "radiation" Japan is still safer than most places in Europe, where you can have your head kicked in for nothing. The only danger as far as I'm concerned is emotional. There're regular aftershocks, some quite strong and if you're not used to them, they can really mess with your head.
    The other thing is internet paranoia, where all of a sudden you start thinking: "what if this what if that...?" and you can really get a bit bugged down in the whole thing. Other than that, it's as safe as it always was. over 9 years ago

    Answered by XLII via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    I hope to go to Tokyo end of august 2011 with my family. Is it safe to travel? What about the food and water is it contaminated? over 9 years ago

    Answered by Juliet via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    I wonder how much value there is in asking folks on forums like these how safe it is to travel to Tokyo or other potentially impacted areas?

    Apparently, there has been a lot of cover-up by TEPCO, the company in charge of the plants. I just read a few articles today, that were referring to newly discovered high radiation levels by TEPCO.

    Apparently, on AUg. 2nd, extremely high radiation levels were detected in a second area on the grounds of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant (outside, not inside the containment vessel).

    The area is close to the spot where radiation levels of 10 sieverts or more per hour were found on Aug. 1, the highest levels recorded since the March 11.

    TEPCO said levels at the second area could possibly exceed 10 sieverts per hour.

    Just to put this into perspective, 10 sieverts/h will cause certain death within weeks, if you are exposed to this level of radiation 15 min or longer. I have no clue what effects this type of radiation has when blown by the wind for a hundred miles or more.

    I am also not one for panic mongering, but I do have to travel on business to Tokyo in September and the amount of cover-up and false reporting from TEPCO and the government agencies does not instill any confidence in me.

    As a matter of fact, I do believe that when looking at negative publicity and situations of crisis that can be harmful to the economy, you can expect to hear only a fraction of the truth from the official channels. So, if that were the case, then what really is teh truth? over 9 years ago

    Answered by Oliver via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    We also came across this site, which was set up by citizens who didn't trust the official responses: http://blog.safecast.org/ over 9 years ago

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    I had a good look at the site Original Nomad suggested. Found a standing Geiger counter in northern Tokyo that reported one of the higher readings; 0.09 microsieverts per hour. This is 1/10,000th of the annual recommended exposure to the public from uranium mining and nuclear power generation. (international standard is 1millisievert per year). If you are only visiting for a short time your exposure is significantly reduced from that already very low level. The information on the site is deep and complex, (for examle they cannot explain why there are random small "hotspots" of radiation) but it is also independent of government and well worth anyone who has concerns taking a look over 9 years ago

    Answered by Ask Phil via Site_iconAsk a Nomad iPad app
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    There is cause for fear. The promulgation of facts, hardly constitutes fearmongering. How foolish it is to ask questions regarding one's very health to unqualified others, all who long for the comfort which lies accord! The Japanese have a saying "shiranu wa hotoke", which means "ignorance is bliss". It may be temporarily blissful, but ultimately deadly. If one doesn't mind a megadose of radioactivity, go and enjoy! over 9 years ago

    Answered by Jean-Yves via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
    • while it's true that cultural aspects mean Japanese don't like to break bad news to people, but what evidence do you have of there being a "megadose" of radiation? Ask Phil over 9 years ago
    • I'm not suggesting you;re wrong, it's just that I'd like to see the evidence for myself. Ask Phil over 9 years ago
  • +1

    Nothing good about the nuclear news at the end of August as we have official recognition (finally) of what is going on in Japan and thus what is threatening the rest of the world, especially the northern hemisphere. It is now being said that the amount of radioactive cesium that has leaked from a tsunami-hit nuclear plant is about equal to 168 of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima That’s like dropping one nuclear weapon a day since the beginning of this disaster and this is what they have been calling safe, no problem. Dr. Chris Busby tells us himself, went to Japan with very sophisticated equipment and found areas in Tokyo that were 1,000 times higher than the exclusion zone around Chernobyl.

    The report said the damaged plant has released 15,000 tera becquerels of cesium-137, which lingers for decades and could cause cancer, compared with the 89 tera becquerels released by the U.S. uranium bomb.

    Millions are simply unaware because they are not being told by their governments or the mainstream press. But today that finally changes!

    A person can still squirm around this one with all their rationalizations, but you can now count them—each nuclear explosion worth of radiation being pumped into the environment day after day after day.

    The National Institute for Environmental Studies said its simulation of aerial flow, diffusion and deposition of the two isotopes released from the tsunami-hit plant showed their impact reached most of Japan’s eastern half, ranging from Iwate in the north to Tokyo and central prefecture (state) of Shizuoka. Both Iwate and Shizuoka are more than 180 miles (300 kilometers) away from the plant.

    Tokyo is Finished
    Time is running out for the 35 million people in the Tokyo metropolitan area and, in fact, in a year or two all of northern Japan will become quite uninhabitable for there is no way for the process to stop. over 9 years ago

    Answered by Noel Aynsley via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
    • Noel, very interesting and somewhat alarming. I am a messenger passing on information, not an expert in these matters, so I am contacting the NIES to see if they wish to comment on their research and your interpretation of it. Stay tuned everyone. Phil from the Safety Hub Ask Phil over 9 years ago
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    This is the Latest Word from The FCO


    WFtristan over 9 years ago

    Answered by WFTristan WFTristan via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    Here's an old article to add. Food for thought to put things in perspective.


    Wiki describes Dr. Chris Busby as controversial, his thing is about the dangerous effects of low level radiation. How about the effects of X-rays and CT scans (200 times more radiation than a traditional X-ray? If you read the Bloomberg article then maybe Brittons aren't in a good spot with the radon in the ground bumping up the the radiations levels double that of Tokyo.

    I'm not sure how much stock to put into his statements considering he papers are mostly "self-published" according to Wiki. I don't know how much stock to put in the government either since they're interested mainly in panic control. over 9 years ago

    Answered by Ernest via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    Here is a good article from the Guardian - suggests it is the unknown and uncertainty that is itself damaging, as much as any radiation. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/sep/09/fukushima-japan-nuclear-disaster-aftermath

    Long article but worth a read. Comments too. over 9 years ago

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    This is the month of sep is it safe to travel to Tokyo with the radiation levels? over 9 years ago

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    i am planning to travel to Hokkaido for leisure - onsen, skiing and seafood. is it safe?
    i guess apart from radiation in the environment (which would be minimal), i would be concerned with radiation accummulated in seafood or other food products (tht could have made their way north to hokkaido). how strict/reliable is japanese food safety testing? are there particiular foods that should be avoided?
    thanks.. over 9 years ago

    Answered by Jayne via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    Don't come to Japan if you are worried about possible radiation, cesium, etc. as it now appears to be going everywhere in the major areas! Polluted or tainted foodstuffs have been found as south as Kyushu, due to distribution systems here. Many of the large international companies, including those in the finance world, are as a policy reducing their foreign staff out of concern for their health, and because many decide to leave after once accepting posts they find potentially risky. Children will be at special risk, for decades, we are told.

    Try China or Korea - or even Vietnam - instead if this area appeals to you or if you peddle your English or your native tongue. over 9 years ago

    Answered by Chamade via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
    • Can you tell me which companies are reducing foreign staff, or point me to any article citing this change, please. I need to corroborate this. Cheers, Phil Ask Phil almost 9 years ago
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    You have to be a silly f*** if you plan on going to Japan...and they are now in the process of burning the radio active waste contaminated debris which further spreads the radiation...food,water is dangerous...if you have a nice sweet death wish be an idiot and travel to Japan...its your life or rather death over 9 years ago

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    U means its not safe to travel Japan now?

    I will be travel to Japan In end Dec (Osaka-Kyoto-Nagoya-Mt Fuji-Tokyo).
    Is Centre city of Tokyo affected by radiation now?

    What about food and water in Kansai area, safe? about 9 years ago

    Answered by cherry bloom via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    will it be safe to travel to Tokyo in Feb 2012? for Tokyo Marathon 2012? about 9 years ago

    Answered by Roy Foo via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    There's ABSOLUTELY NO need to worry about radiation unless you do a prolonged tour of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant (which is in a restricted area, of course). about 9 years ago

    Answered by A local (and I'm not turning green) via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    My wife is Japanese and despite a need to return to Japan, she absolutely will not. Primarily for the safety of our young child. She regularly reads all news on the subject. This includes blogs of private citizens Geiger readings. Immediately following the disaster she discovered Tokyo, Yokohama, Chiba, and Narita all had lethal levels of radiation. These areas (now, parts of Tokyo) continue to have dangerous levels of radiation. Food was and is contaminated. Some of it entered not only the local food chain, but was distributed around the country. As an example, early on contaminated milk was literally mixed with safe milk from Kyushu and sent around the country. It was given to children in school. Understanding that the government has a priority to maintain economic stability domestically and internationally, it is to be expected that there are no mass evacuations, etc. Children nearer to Fukushima are testing positive for high levels of radioactive material. Weather (monsoons, etc.) plays a role also in spreading radiation which has now been detected west and south. The risk continues to be significant as continued leaks into the ocean occur, the food chain is contaminated on a greater scale (concerns about all of Hokkaido are substantiated). This is a severely grim situation. Life may appear to be back to normal around Japan, but an undeniable lack of disclosure will certainly be exposed years later when the fallout shows itself in nightmarish ways. So, safe? Absolutely like a game of Russian roulette. about 9 years ago

    Answered by Aloha Joe via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
    • "lethal" levels of radiation in Tokyo, really? What evidence is there of this, please. Which areas of Tokyo and what levels of radiation. This is very important information that needs to be corroborated. Give me what leads you hae and I will follow up. Phil Ask Phil almost 9 years ago
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    Hello, friend of mine is planning on going to Japan for working holiday to Nagoya or Osaka. So was checking up on lot of articles regarding radiation levels in Japan. It seems that radiation level in itself is safe (seems to be lower than other major cities around the world). However there seems to be the danger exposed from radionuclide which could have affected the environment and thus the food chain of Japan. First of all, I am someone who holds the view that it is not so safe in Japan but I havent came across any article that really supports that. By not so safe, I mean that the Japanese government isnt giving the whole picture. I do not mean not safe as in its not safe to live there.
    So I am wondering if Aloha Joe could provide with some links to the issues mentioned in his post? about 9 years ago

    Answered by Jay via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    Just the repeated question... I am travelling to Tokyo for 4 days mid March... and i have always wanted to see Japan. I am not sure if i will get the chance to come again, but radiation is still big on my mind. So yeah..? What is the scene like right now? I believe high continuous exposure is the main cause, however does just 4 days in Tokyo affect much? Thanks so much. about 9 years ago

    Answered by via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
    • From the evidence I've seen, including the "citizen geiger counter" blogs, there are instances of higher than normal levels of radiation - in about 20 'hot spots'. But those readings are not dangerously high, and may only affect a person's health over the long term. . Ask Phil almost 9 years ago
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    Politics and statistics. Lies, lies and more lies. Has there ever been an honest politician. I's a rhetorical question of course. about 9 years ago

    Answered by Brownie via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    In early June, Japanese government officials banned green tea after detecting radiation amounts over the legal limit in Ibaraki, Chiba, Kanagawa and Tochigi, as well as the tea-rich producing region further south in Shizuoka, roughly 400 kilometers from the Fukushima plant, which produced 40 percent of the Japan’s total output last year.

    Japan has no centralized system to check for radiation contamination in food, so any form of testing is subject to the voluntary whim of local authorities and farmers. about 9 years ago

    Answered by Brownie via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    There is radiation in the soil and will be there for another 60 years which you will eat when in Japan if you eat local food as it has spread almost everywhere from Fukushima. If you do go to Japan do not eat or drink any local food and you may be OK. Buy only imported food. Best advice would be to wait 60 years for your trip. That is the reality but of course unscrupulous politicians will say different. You should avoid rain, swimming and tap water also. Very sad to say this as I was going back to live there myself to live and this now is no longer possible. about 9 years ago

    Answered by Brownie via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
    • It's my understanding that the half life of Cesium 137 is 30 years, so why do you say "wait 60 years for your trip", what's the rationale behind that statement. Just interested in getting to the facts. Phil. Ask Phil almost 9 years ago
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    As mentioned don't trust the Jap govt. If you are visiting for less than a month, and not planning on going to Tokyo or North, you are probably fine. Japan is a wonderful place that is so interesting and friendly.
    Unless you are able to read food labels, there is a strong chance you will consume a certain amount of ionising radiation.
    My biggest fear is the ongoing nuclear disaster that could see Tokyo destroyed in the worst case senerio, nobody knows where the melted-through Corium is, and a further earthquake could destroy Reactor 4fuel pool leading to a catastrophe.
    Enjoy Okinawa, Kyushu, Fukoaka, Nagasaki, Hiroshima, Osaka, Kyoto...many great gems. Amazing place. Info can be found Fukushima-diary, ex-SKF or enenews. Please come! about 9 years ago

    Answered by Naoya Yamguchi via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    Marathon...only an idiot would run a marathon in Tokyo right now. Radiation is increasing and if you breathe hot particles (alpha and beta), goodbye lungs.
    Other cities have marathons. Please come. about 9 years ago

    Answered by Naoya Yamguchi via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
    • I'm really interested to find the source of the information that says radiation is increasing. I'm trying to corroborate all this to make a proper assessment of he situation. Phil Ask Phil almost 9 years ago
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    umm i wanted to travel to japan not sure were but i want to go somewere modern but still has history any ideas about 9 years ago

    Answered by LEXUS via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    So, honestly, Japan is my dream, but it is still only dream. I think that Japan now is not a real safe place to go, but after some time it will be ok. almost 10 years ago

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    Company sending us to Nagoya in June2012. I have a young kid, 18 months. Have been reading and monitoring radiation levels in Japan. Should I take my kid there for 2.5years? How safe is Nagoya? I don't want to risk my kid's life. almost 9 years ago

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    Is Japan safe to go and live there?
    Me and my mother is trying to find a safe Prefecture in Japan to live.
    Can you give me some Information about Niigata prefecture or another place.
    Im thinking on somewhere not so Countryside. almost 9 years ago

    Answered by via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
    • Try re-posting this as a question of its own on Ask A Nomad, I thnk it'll get more traction than here. Phil Ask Phil almost 9 years ago
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    My boyfriend and I are moving to Hokkaido Prefecture in the north for a year. It's a done deal, but this freaks me out. Here is my new thought... to purchase a radiation reader and to use it on food I buy at the market. Also, we will eat food brought in from other places as much as possible. Part of our experience is eating all that delicious japanese food, so I will not do away from that entirely. Any thoughts?? almost 9 years ago

    Answered by jaime via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    some pretty alarmist theories in here i think... I am on holiday for 3 weeks and have put my bets (and my health/life) on Tokyo and coastal Tokyo ok, Hokkaido ok in between the two a red zone. if going coastal take into account weather conditions...

    i have had a virus and been drinking alot of tap water, can anyone tell me a bit about this as a health hazard as a friend told me it was not such a good idea.

    Otherwise business as usual in japan it seems with locals in coastal tokyo not so phased with day to day life, maybe wary about imported products but hard to tell what is what in many cases. almost 9 years ago

    Answered by mone via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    I really wanna go to Japan for an exchange this year around August so I was wondering if it'd be okay to go to Kyoto and to just visit Tokyo during the time that I'm there. almost 9 years ago

    Answered by TsukiMelo via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    I was maybe going to go on an exchange to Japan during the first bit of summer, but now I'm unsure. I would be going to the Tottori Prefecture, on the complete other side of the country. I would only be there 5 weeks maximum, would it have very much affect on me? almost 9 years ago

    Answered by Alexia via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
    • if - IF - you believe the worst case scenarios painted by some then reducing the amount of exposure time and putting some distance between you and it is the safer option. Ask Phil almost 9 years ago
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    Who knows how safe Tokyo is? How safe would you feel if there were nuclear meltdowns 200 km from your hometown and the government and power company in your area were notorious liars? almost 9 years ago

    Answered by johnny via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    " so I will not do away from that entirely", If that is what you feel about eating the food from Japan then realize you will have cancer within 15 years.

    Don't want to sugar coat it but the Japanese Governement is your big threat. almost 9 years ago

    Answered by Glen Rose via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    "some pretty alarmist theories in here i think.." , The only alarmist theory is your own denial that what your doing is endangering your health and to make your self feel better for doing a stupid act you have to label the people who are telling you the truth as the one who are the alarmist.

    It is still not to late for you if you want to make a difference in your life. Sure perhaps you have exposed yourself to something and you will get cancer in 40 years from this date because of that. But keep doing what your doing and your going to make it possible for Cancer to show up in your body 12 years from now instead of 40.

    The establishment wants you to think you can't do anything so you will go back to your routine and then they will get to save money because they get to project that everything is just fine.

    You have to ask where your drinking water is going to come from, the Japanese Government is very evil and need to be tried for crimes against humanity. A form of Genocide is taking place.Out of all the places on earth, Japan is becoming the true Hell on Earth. Not because of the radiation, but because of the government's stance on radiation which involves a cover up where children are put in harms way and are killed.

    Realize that your living with serial murders in positions of power. The true greatness of the Japanese people is being pushed down by their criminal government. They are a great people, but they need to clean house and not start with cleaning up the radiation but by cleaning out their government and trying people for crimes against humanity. almost 9 years ago

    Answered by Glen Rose via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    Make you own decision!

    Some facts/observations you can use to help

    a) Radiological Contamination is made up of hundreds of nuclides
    b) Most "nasty" radionuclides are man made
    c) Some radiation is good - but not for health.... for dating (estimating the age of an object / substance etc)
    d) Radiation will cause genetic / other abnormalities
    e) Different Types of Radiation - some of the most dangerous nuclides cannot easily be measured... if even reported - plutonium.... has alpha decay which doesn't easily travel through air.
    f) Time has no meaning for some radionuclides - they are forever in human times.... some people believe we have lived for 2000 years some nuclides last for millions thousands hundreds tens years months seconds days or weeks.
    g) They keeping on giving - and decay into new substances with a new decay and ife chain
    h) Bio Accumulation - no matter hard you try they will contaminate eco systems - not a species....all life
    i) Potentially create new unknowns (Viruses, cancer epidemic, genetic disfunction) almost 9 years ago

    Answered by Adam..MKS via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    c) Some radiation is good - but not for health.... for dating (estimating the age of an object / substance etc)

    Some exceptions
    Xrays are helpful - I've had 3 broken legs
    CAT scans are useful - but the high concentration is not recommended for any frequent use
    Radiological Solutions to capture / locate tumors / see muscle movement - as above almost 9 years ago

    Answered by Adam..MKS via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    I have lived in japan before and I know how their government lies, I won't go back to japan (Tokyo) even if they pay me. But don't let me discourage you, if you feel like you want to go to japan then please do so, I am just warning you that that place is full of radiation. almost 9 years ago

    Answered by Josh via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    josh. is Disney land safe to go? almost 9 years ago

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    I was planning to join a tour that goes from Tokyo to Nikko, then to Nihonmatsu, Uchijuku, stay 2 nights in Ura Bandai, Niigata and Sado. Please advise. Thank you. over 8 years ago

    Answered by E. K. via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    Do not go to Japan! Do your own research so you can make up your own mind. Look up Helen Cauldicot on youtube, in fact there are hundreds of clips on youtube regarding radiation in Japan, you just have to see for yourself! over 8 years ago

    Answered by Viv via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    For many of these conspiracy people, I would answer "Sure, it's safe to come to Japan. However, I would never, ever want to meet you." I am not, however, going to encourage your fears to keep you away. There are many private citizens and citizen-organized groups who've gotten the hang of testing consumables and will do so for "reasonable" (depending on who you ask) fees. You can find pages detailing results. over 8 years ago

    Answered by bert via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    I have relatives in Japan and see thousands of people travelling there successfully. I wouldn't agree with much of the hysteria - Japan is a long archipelago - but I wouldn't go too near Fukushima either. over 8 years ago

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    I love it when fearmongers profit by testifying for anti-nuclear groups! yay!
    http://www.who-sucks.com/people/arnie-gundersen-for-profit-anti-nuclear-activist over 8 years ago

    Answered by hocus-pocus via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    now japan is safe .

    New York Giant Pizza about 8 years ago

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    An update for you all from March 2013
    WHO says the risk to health is the equivalent of an X-ray. almost 8 years ago

    Answered by Ask Phil via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    The Current Radiation Level in Japan
    Except for the neighboring areas near the nuclear power plants, there is no dangerous level of radiation detected in Japan. Tokyo is NOT within radiation contamination area, as it is 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.

    Radiation Rate (Updated as 14 Apr 2014) almost 7 years ago

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    Hi Tiara. It seems I'm a little delayed with my reply... But I can tell you that generally speaking, Japan is a really safe country. People are most welcoming although many cannot speak other language than japanese. You can easily go from one place to another, buy a cheaper 21 days valid ticket to travel inside the country and safely walk anywhere at any hour. It's the cleanest country I ever visited.
    However, in what concerns the radiations from the Fukushima disaster some time ago, it's advisable not to visit that northern region and surroundings. It's not clear yet.
    If you went to Japan already, I hope that you've enjoyed it as much as I did.
    Cheers! about 5 years ago

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