Friday, February 17, 2012

BBC: Tokyo Highly Recommended for Honeymooners

From BBC Travel section with Lonely Planet (2/17/2012), by Josey Miller:

Asia-Pacific high budget: Tokyo, Japan
This sprawling metropolis is consistently ranked among the most expensive cities worldwide, but since the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, Tokyo needs your tourism dollars now more than ever. Despite the high price tag, the city’s culinary scene is top notch -- Tokyo offers more Michelin-star-rated restaurants than Paris! For starters, sushi snobs will be hard pressed to find fresher fish than at Kyubey. And for a taste of Japan’s signature Kobe beef, try Seryna -- you may even find a menu in English. Stay for at least 10 days at the over-the-top Peninsula Hotel, and aim for May when the rainfall and heat are not at their peak — but average sunshine is.

Fresh fish, Kobe beef... Fukushima does not exist in the minds of people at BBC; the cache was cleared long time ago, apparently.


Anonymous said...

BBC: "Yes, come die with us in Tokyo! Oops... I meant to say come DINE with us in Tokyo!". On second thought... You go to Japan and I will stay here and have my fish and chips!

Insanity! Prediction: Vacation visitors to Japan will within a year become as scarce as fresh air in Fukushima Prefecture. Not ghost towns... A ghost country.


Darth3/11 said...

People rich enough to afford this BBC recommendation will opt to go elsewhere. And I just can not see the Japan Tourism offices including radiation counts on various sites around Japan, but it might help!

Anonymous said...

I stpped reading and listening to the BBC. To much of a pro-activist biaised towards the nuclear industry. Their journalist play knowledgeable doctor and write that radiation has only very minor health effects. They lie to the public by ignoring totally that radionuclides such as iodine can be ingested-inhaled and absorbed by skin which in case of Fukushima which cause serious long term health effects to mass population. BBC journalists even claim that Chernobyl affected the health of only 50 persons. BBC is the most irresponsible media I know as far as nuclear is concerned.

Moulin said...

This is interesting ... a while ago I saw a short news from BBC saying that the radiations in the exclusion area were low ... and if you stop the video at a specific place and read the Geiger counter, you can see that it was pretty high ! It socked me and I wrote an article about that :

It is also funny to note that they had the entry-pass delivered to go to this area, while recently some French journalists didn't and got prosecuted badly. They faked the papers and got arrested, but the real reasons might have been that those French journalists weren't in pro-nuclear.

Chibaguy said...

People that did not wake up after three reactors exploded are likely to stay asleep until it happens in their back yard. The very fact that the MSM is the states black out everything should have been a clue.

TokenRing said...

Love Canal in NY and Centrial in Penn. state will make a great tourist locations too.

Anonymous said...

Australian airline Jetstar is offering two for one sales to Tokyo and Osaka.

Anonymous said...

The BBC lost whatever credibility they had left over Fukushima. They had Jim Al Kahlili skipping around an abandoned playground in the exclusion zone proclaiming that the evacuation would damage people, not the radiation and they should all move home. The UK govt. has been in massive propaganda mode and the BBC has been glad to play along.

I would consider going to Tokyo, briefly. I know I am taking a risk and would modify my behavior and consumption to lower my risk. Pretending nothing has happened and ignoring completely any risk is just stupid.

Steveo said...


did you see this one

its in Japanese, little help?

Anonymous said...

Why don't they recommend Chernobyl? Damn racists.

Anonymous said...

Yes I thought it was just the Japanese government and Media who were in a propaganda war about Fukushima, it seems the UK and the BBC are also involved, by the way the UK and French have just signed a deal to build a shit load more Nuke plants in the UK !

Yosaku said...

In an effort to put this in context, it would be almost impossible to consume enough radiation in a typical one-week vacation in Tokyo to equal the additional radiation exposure of the round trip flight from London to Tokyo.

To run the numbers, the effective dose for the round-trip flight is approximately 120 uSv. Using the internal dose coefficient for Cs-137, you would need to consume 9,230 Bq of Cs-137 in a one week period in order to equal 120 uSv.

Given all of the food testing data I've seen (and I check both government and private testing daily), this would be nearly impossible. You would basically have to buy a bag of way-over-the-limit rice and eat nothing but that for 7 straight days.

Truth is that our imaginary honeymooners have much more to fear from traffic accidents.

Anonymous said...

Here we go again. After "banannas" were beaten down, we have traffic accidents and airplane rides.

The UK honeymooners may be from Sellafield and already have enough radiation accumulated in them, and the honeymoon in Tokyo could be the last straw.

Yosaku said...


My point was to put the risk in context. If you think my explanation was inaccurate in anyway, I'm happy to hear your thoughts.

Anonymous said...

it would be almost impossible to consume enough radiation in a typical one-week vacation in Tokyo to equal the additional radiation exposure of the round trip flight from London to Tokyo.

So what. I don't need the extra external radiation and I don't need the internal radiation from ingestion of cesium, iodine or strontium, to name a few. Who the hell does? And to the devil with your traffic accident risk comparison. We are not talking about traffic accidents to begin with.

Yosaku said...


At the end of the day, what we are all talking about is risk, and I proposed traffic accidents as an appropriate contextual reference point because it's a risk that many of us are very familiar with and deal with on a daily basis.

If you have another method of putting the risk in perspective, I am happy to hear it.

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