Saturday, November 19, 2011

#Radiation in Japan: First International Flight to Fukushima Airport Since March 11

A chartered flight from Taiwan arrived for the first time since March 11 at Fukushima Airport, carrying tourists who will spend their vacations in locations inside Fukushima Prefecture.

I don't understand why they do it; my best guess is that they just couldn't pass up great bargains to be had in Fukushima. It could be the bargain that they didn't even need to pay for the trip.

Asahi Shinbun (11/19/2011) reports:


The first chartered flight since the March 11 earthquake and Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant accident arrived in Fukushima Airport. Regular international flights to and from Fukushima Airport haven't resumed, due to the restrictions placed by foreign countries for the fear of radiation contamination. Fukushima Prefecture has been requesting the resumption of the international flights to the international airlines in foreign countries and regions, and November 19's flight is the first result of the effort. However, according to the tourism section of the Fukushima prefectural government, the next flight is not scheduled.


The air radiation level at Fukushima Airport, 60 kilometers away from the nuclear power plant, is low, between 0.1 and 0.2 microsievert/hour. As far as the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) knows, twelve countries and regions continue the travel restriction to Japan. Taiwan, from which the charter flight to Fukushima today was originated, recommends "evacuation from Fukushima Prefecture". The tourists came at their own risk.


Japan is looking toward China as the growth engine for international tourism, but China continues to maintain the recommendation not to visit the areas seriously affected by the disaster. The Japanese government has been working on the foreign counterparts to loosen the travel restrictions, but so far received "no favorable response", according to JNTO.

Since when 0.1 to 0.2 microsievert/hour became "low radiation" level? It used to be 0.03 to 0.06 microsievert/hour in Fukushima before the accident.

JNTO has a website specifically targeting Taiwanese tourists, and has been heavily promoting Tohoku region including Fukushima.


no6ody said...

I don't know what adverts they saw in Taiwan...but here is an advert I saw. At least, I think I saw it. It might have been a dream.

Bob's Budget Big Bang Trips

Do you have a big gun or three and too many nosy neighbors? Come with us and bring your toys, because there's an exclusion zone where we can make noise! And we can shoot anything that moves! If you are the first to shoot a real zombie, the trip is free!
--switch to Very Fast Talking Lawyer Voice--
The following restrictions apply: Zombie authenticity determined by local authorities. If no human zombies are found, the heaviest animal killed will earn a 20% discount on a future trip. All souvenirs MUST be labeled and stowed in the lead-lined boxes provided. Flamethrowers and other incendiary devices prohibited, including fuel-air bombs, even if you're willing to detonate them a couple thousand feet up for the sound and light show. Duration of wargasm limited by booze and ammo quantities until we get a new Geiger counter.

/end attempt at humor...

Anonymous said...

Good! All the tourists should have a wonderful time at the radiation capital of the World!

And when they go home, some of Fukushima will be with them...forever!

Cancer, who's afraid of some stinking cancer?

Anonymous said...

Maybe they already have cancer and thought that they should go there for some radiation therapy

Anonymous said...

Hello, I am from Taiwan. The mainstream media coverage about the nuclear disaster is pretty absent in Taiwan. However, people know that Japan has problems.

I believe that passengers are coming because they have family inside or around Fukushima. Taiwanese people care a lot about family. Tourists usually go to Okinawa, Tokyo or Kyoto. I personally never hearded about Fukushima before the disaster.


Anonymous said...

People in Taiwan have not been informed of the danger in Japan. Taiwanese still think Japan is a fun and safe place to vacation.

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