Travel to Japan

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Craig Fryer

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Travel to Japan
« on: 19/04/2011 12:30:02 »
Craig Fryer  asked the Naked Scientists:
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UK, USA & Australian governments all still advise not to stay or travel to Tokyo even though:

1. On the 25th of March 2011 the World Health Organisation issued a statement "not advising general restrictions on travel to Japan". This includes the greater area of Tokyo. (

2. IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) is not finding any dangerous radiation levels in Tokyo. Indeed the latest measurements are at or very close to background levels. There is only one village in Japan where radiation levels in the  drinking water are still above safe levels for adults and only three villages with levels too high for infants. Tokyo only had levels of radiation in the drinking water that would only have been unsafe for infants if they consumed the water for an extended period of time (ie months).

3. ARPANSA (Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency) is only recommending that Australian move out of the 80 km zone from the Fukushima nuclear power plant, which places outer Tokyo more than 100Km from this zone. (

4. There are no scheduled electricity outages for the central 23 wards where the vast majority of travellers would be staying and visiting in Tokyo. In the other areas of Tokyo there are scheduled electricity outages, but these should present little danger as they are planned events.

5. The Japan Meteorological Agency is reporting that there are very few after shocks that can even be felt in Tokyo in the last week. (

6. There was very little structural damage to infrastructure in Tokyo including roads. Indeed we can find little evidence of structural damage in Tokyo at all.

7. The Japanese Government has withdrawn from sale any foods produced in the areas surrounding Fukushima nuclear power plant, so there is no danger to Australians in Tokyo from this food. Indeed, like the water, even an infant would needed to have consumed the food from the area around the nuclear plant for an extended period of time to be at risk. There is now very minimal disruption to the supply of food in Tokyo and nothing that could be considered anything more than a minor inconvenience.  I just don't understand the inconsistent advise, nor the fact that 35 million people in greater Tokyo seem to be getting along just fine.

Any ideas?  


Craig Fryer

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