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Is Fukushima safe for travellers right now?

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Is Fukushima safe for travellers right now?

Hello everyone, I'm not really updated with Fuskushima's radiation level, my apologies for that. I do hope you can help me figure out if I should still go to Licca-chan Castle in Fukushima which is located here:

51-3 Ononimachi , Tamura-Gun, Ono-machi 963-3401 , Fukushima Prefecture

Thank you in advance!

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See http://www.jnto.go.jp/eq/eng/04_recovery.htm

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Yes, it's quite far apart from the seriously affected areas along the coast around Namie, Futaba, Okuma which are still no entry zone.

Since 2011, I have traveled several times across Fukushima Prefecture. This year I have enjoyed the views of Hanamiyama in Fukushima City, which is one of the most beautiful cherry blossom spots in Japan, as well as that from top of the impressive Nihonmatsu Castle ruins. People in Fukushima suffered psychologically, but apart from those unfortunate people who had to be hurriedly evacuated from hospitals in critical conditions, zero person died. No resident is confirmed dead because of radiation exposure, and none is expected to die, because the actual radiation dose was too low, as the UNSCEAR and WHO reports say.

Of course, long term effects are being monitored, but you as a temporary visitor would be just fine.

Edited: November 24, 2015, 6:36 pm
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>>3. Health implications

38. No radiation-related deaths or acute diseases have been observed among the workers and general public exposed to radiation from the accident.

39. The doses to the general public, both those incurred during the first year and estimated for their lifetimes, are generally low or very low. No discernible increased incidence of radiation-related health effects are expected among exposed members of the public or their descendants. The most important health effect is on mental and social well-being, related to the enormous impact of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident, and the fear and stigma related to the perceived risk of exposure to ionizing radiation. Effects such as depression and post-traumatic stress symptoms have already been reported. Estimation of the occurrence and severity of such health effects are outside the Committee’s remit.

40. For adults in Fukushima Prefecture, the Committee estimates average lifetime effective doses to be of the order of 10 mSv or less, and first-year doses to be one third to one half of that. While risk models by inference suggest increased cancer risk, cancers induced by radiation are indistinguishable at present from other cancers. Thus, a discernible increase in cancer incidence in this population that could be attributed to radiation exposure from the accident is not expected.<<

unscear.org/docs/reports/2013/13-85418_Repor…

See also the latest White Paper of UNSCEAR, which says practically the same thing about health:

unscear.org/docs/…Fukushima_WP2015_web_en.pdf

Edited: November 24, 2015, 6:50 pm
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Thank you Yobeekool and Bargainhunter! Now I can proceed with my plans :D

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Regarding cherry blossoms, do they bloom in Fukushima around March? I'm hoping so. Thanks again!

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It's around mid- to late- April. Please browse Youtube for "Hanamiyama" or "Tsurugajo Castle" or "Miharu".

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if that's the case, my only hope then will be the kansai area. i hope spring will arive sooner in march. nonetheless thanks for the info.

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