Japan Travel Update (As of 2 October)
Japan Travel Updates from JNTO Singapore Office (As of 12:00 JST, 02 October 2014)
[Radiation Level at Major Cities and Tourist Attractions]
09:00, 19 Septenber 2014
|Usual Value Band||Distance from Fukushima Daiichi Plant|
|(micro sievert/per hour)||(micro sievert/per hour)||(micro sievert/per hour)|
|f)||Toyama (Alpine Route)||0.048||0.048||0.029-0.147||350Km|
- For Safe Travel in Japan (Japan Tourism Agency) (PDF)
- Update of radioactivity concentration in the seawater near TEPCO Fukushima Dai-ichi NPP
[FAQs by Japanese Embassy in Singapore]
(As of 4 October, 2013 - from 'http://www.sg.emb-japan.go.jp/japaninfo_foodsafetytravelfaq.htm')
Below is our updated information in the wake of the recent accident of leakage of contaminated water at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (NPS)*, which has gotten a lot of media coverage in Singapore since this August. As we have received many inquiries from concerned Singaporeans about the safety of drinking water and food products in Japan, we hope that the information below will help readers feel assured in visiting Japan and enjoying Japanese cuisines without any fear.
- Overall, there has been no significant level of radiation measured throughout Japan since March 2011, except for the area in the close vicinity around the Fukushima Daiichi NPS, even after the accident. Up to today, the Government of Japan (GOJ) has received no report of any health damage caused by consumptions of food and drink.
- This is because GOJ has taken various measures since March 2011 to ensure public health of local residents as well as foreign travelers in Japan. For example, food safety is secured by (i) setting radiation limits in accordance with the international standard of Codex Alimentarius, (ii) rigorous inspections before food products are placed in market distribution, and (iii) prevention of any food product exceeding the limits from entering market distribution. When a food product fails the inspection, not only is the specific item in question disposed of, but all products of the same kind originating from the same area are banned from market distribution. So far there has been no case where radiation exceeding the limits is detected in any product after market distribution, and there has been no report of health damage from consumptions of food and drink.
- Moreover, GOJ has done and released daily monitoring of radiation levels in all prefectures in Japan. (Please see http://radioactivity.nsr.go.jp/en/index.html) It may come as a surprise that these radiation levels are, on average, even below the radiation level measured in Singapore due to the difference in geographical nature..
- In addition to the daily monitoring, a lot of relevant scientific data and technical explanation are also available online from relevant GOJ agencies, including the following two sources.
(Fisheries Agency of JAPAN)
(Japan National Tourism Organization)
- Finally, we would like to highlight to Singaporeans the point that the Fukushima Daiichi NPS is situated in a small part of Fukushima Prefecture and that Fukushima Prefecture alone is much larger than Singapore in size, as visualized below. Although Japan, compared to Singapore, is frequently hit by a variety of natural disasters including earthquakes and typhoons, their damage is usually quite limited geographically.
* the accident of contaminated water leakage at the Fukushima Daiichi NPS
- Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) announced this June that high-level radioactive material was detected in the monitoring well-water near the Fukushima Daiichi NPS. Later, it found out that the contaminated water was leaking into the sea after monitoring at newly-drilled wells nearby.
- The contaminated water basically is contained within the port of the Fukushima Daiichi NPS, which is smaller than just 0.3㎢. Results of monitoring of the sea water within 20 km of the Fukushima Daiichi NPS constantly meet the safety standard both for bathing and drinking.
- In order to tackle the accident comprehensively, GOJ is recently determined to play a more active role.
- (Please see http://www.mofa.go.jp/policy/page3e_000072.html)