Mmmm ... I've just got back from Japan with my family (children aged 6 and 8).
The main issue is actually getting around since Japan in general is short of power so there are currently some inconveniences such as no lights on trains, no escalators in stations and trains that get stuck in stations (which is unheard of!)
The radiation issues pertaining to water and food as they affect the Thyroid, are particularly relevant for people under the age of 20, which is something you might like to consider.
We were only in Tokyo for 3 days and considered the risk, relative to all the other risks you face in day to day life, to be ones worth taking.
How long are you planing on being there and have you been before?
Hope that helps.
simon almost 9 years ago
whenever I get asked about radiation levels in Tokyo I refer people to this excellent facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tokyo-Radiation-Levels/196845207013685
Tokyo radiation levels.
A local scientist is taking readings with his own equipment and getting tap water samples analysed.
Here's his latest results:
*Tokyo Tap Water: Latest info for 27th April, from Ministry of Science (24 hour lag in result due to testing).
0.29 Bq/kg Iodine-131 ( +0.29 from yesterday).
Not Detected - Caesium-137 (+/- 0 from yesterday)
These levels are below the Japanese limits of 300Bq/kg for I-131 and 200Bq/kg for Cs-137. 100 Bq/kg for Infants.
This is an independent source of information, not government sponsored or from Tokyo power company.
Hope that helps.
Phil almost 9 years ago
I am in Tokyo right now, and I would like to tell you that there is a wide spectrum of information. There are those who only talk about Tokyo being safe, while there are others who talk about Tokyo being unsafe. And then there are those who are outright confused by listening to varied news.
Let me tell you that Tokyo tap water is getting better, but it still contains radioactive iodine that could impact the well-being of your child. Packaged water is in short supply, though not too difficult to find. Two litre water bottles are limited to one per customer.
There are concerns about food supply chain contamination, ill-effects of which you will see only in a few years time, when it might be too late to do anything about it.
They say the Japanese government has put in place stringent checking systems to make sure that no food from a contaminated area is sold. But just a few days ago they there was news in the papers that radioactive spinach was sold to three prefectures around Tokyo.
Further, what would you say about all restaurants that directly source vegetables from the fields and serve it to you? As a customer you would never know whether what you are eating is safe or not!
There are lessons to be learnt from Chernobyl, if you are willing to do some reading. It's really scary when you see what happened and is still happening in Europe as a result of Chernobyl.
To make a long story short, "they" say that Tokyo is safe. However, that only means that you will not die soon from the radioactive contamination in air, water, seafood, vegetables and other products in the food supply chain.
They just don’t tell you that it is unsafe in the long run, that from the current radiations that you get, few years down the line there’s a high chance that you get cancer. It’s like asking, “Sir, how would you like your cancer? Shaken or stirred?”
Scary, don’t you think?
To make a well-informed decision, you should also read some of the articles on my site: http://japannuclearcrisis.wordpress.com/
Your Tokyo Nuclear Watchdog almost 9 years agoAnswered by Japan Nuclear Crisis - Is Tokyo Safe via WorldNomads.com
hey Japan Nuclear Crisis, I looked at your blog. Your source for your information is Foxnews and The Nation, right? can I ask you another question... do you think Pres Obama's long-form birth certificate is forged? almost 9 years agoAnswered by Robert via WorldNomads.com