Travel Advice: Japan – Feb 2012

  • Typhoon season runs from June to December. The Japan Meteorological Agency provides information and forecasts (in English) about approaching storms. See Natural Disasters – Typhoons for further information.
  • We advise against all but essential travel to those areas in north-east Japan most affected by the 11 March earthquake and tsunami. This includes those coastal areas of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures which suffered extensive damage. These areas continue to experience disruptions to residential, business and transport infrastructure. There is also a continuing risk of aftershocks. If your travel is essential, you should consult local contacts before travelling.
  • We advise against all travel within a 20km radius of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, and the additional exclusion zones outside this 20km radius identified by the Japanese authorities as shown on thismap. This advice is based on guidance from UK Government scientists. For areas outside those subject to restrictions, out to 60 km from the facility, we advise that you exercise a high degree of caution at all times by consulting relevant information on the local situation and by following the advice of the Japanese authorities.

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