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If someone you know was wondering whether or not to visit Japan in the near future, but was worried about the nuclear crisis, would you encourage them to come?

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I'm not at all fearful of the nuclear crisis, perhaps because I assume the area around Tokyo is relatively fine. After all, 30+ million people live within this area, and I don't see them all leaving in hordes and seeking asylum elsewhere. I'm actually not so fearful to the point where I'm actually contemplating travelling back to Japan next year!

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Andypandy; Tokyo is only a small part of Japan. Even if the worst happens in Fukushima we are unlikely to be affected in West Japan. With Kyoto, Osaka, Nara and Kobe all quite close to each other, there is lots to do here.

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I know poll result will end with huge margin of 'yes' but i would not encourage someone who is worried about the nuclear crisis.

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Next week a 17 year old American high school graduate (11th grade!!!) who has studied Japanese for 10 years will spend one week in Tokyo and three weeks living with a family in the Osaka area. She has a Japan Rail pass and plans to visit from Hiroshima to Sendai. "Why not," she says. "It is a great adventure." If the airline tickets were lower, more people, including her teacher, would also come to Japan from the USA.

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We need a third answer:

If a friend was wondering whether or not to visit Japan I would not encourage them to come but not because of the nuclear crisis. (They'd just have to stay upwind of Fukushima.)

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No. I hate mollycoddling, and if they still don't have the confidence after their own research, and testimonials from friends or relations, sod 'em.

See what I did there?

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Nice answers. I voted "yes", and have had a few people visit since the disasters.

Tokyo is only a small part of Japan. Even if the worst happens in Fukushima we are unlikely to be affected in West Japan. With Kyoto, Osaka, Nara and Kobe all quite close to each other, there is lots to do here.

Absolutely. I live in Kanto but I think Kansai has so much more to offer the visitor to Japan than Kanto. So many interesting places close together. And no controversy at all about safety concerns.

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I voted No because the Japanese government has not been transparent about the true damage about the nuclear crisis. I would tell them wait until the end of the year. For people we live in the Tokyo area, I will tell them stay put but be alert. For the people who live near the nuclear site or in Fukushima, I will tell them to get out ASAP.

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No. Nobody has told the truth about what has really happened. We find cesium in tea leaves hundreds of miles away? What are they doing with all of the radioactive materials that need to be destroyed? I wouldn't give a grand hall pass to Japan at all!

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If they are worried to come I would not want to hand out with them as they would be worried about everything, water, food, air, touching people... etc... just let them figure it out and come when they want to.

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I vote no. My parents have been here twice for about 12 weeks total.They love Japan as much as I do. I have been waiting 15 yrs for my brother to come out.He now has the money to bring his wife and two young kids.Not just the radiation,because they would be in Kansai anyway but I think the tectonic plates are just in too much flux at the moment.I wouldn't want them to arrive and go through a potential disaster because there is no way the Japanese could cope with another serious quake,tsunami or even a massively destructive typhoon at present.It really hurts,but I am not prepared to take a chance on their safety,when I would be flat out looking after my own small family.So,selfish reasons perhaps in the case of family members.Also, it would only take another massive quake to really create a horrible incident at those damaged reactors..TEPCO wasn't even prepared for rainy season..there is latent danger in Japan that has so far been staved off mainly by good fortune.

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Regardless of radiation. I wouldn't encourage anyone to come here unless a holiday.

Foreigner workers are needed, but wanted.... That's another matter.

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Emphatic "No!" for the reasons stated above. Japan's authorities would be in a pickle to handle another earthquake/disaster at this time. North Korea sounds safer.

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horrifiedJun. 14, 2011 - 09:52PM JST

Emphatic "No!" for the reasons stated above. Japan's authorities would be in a pickle to handle another earthquake/disaster at this time. North Korea sounds safer.

EXACTLY!! hahahahaha

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And if someone managed to get radiation all up in 'em,all hell would break loose with their family and be sued for life. So no!

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Osakadaz

Not just the radiation,because they would be in Kansai anyway but I think the tectonic plates are just in too much flux at the moment.

ROTFLMAO! You factor in the state of tectonic plates when making travel plans? And you live in Japan? Oh the irony...

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I hope that the Japanese government is directing plenty of aid to businesses in north eastern Honshu, because I can't imagine that there's many tourists there at the moment - Japanese or foreign. However, most foreign visitors will be travelling to Tokyo and the Kansai region, so there's no reason for them to be concerned.

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I voted no. If someone wanted to visit Japan because they simply wanted to come, then I would not at all try to dissuade them, especially if they were going to visit Kansai or further south. However, if worried I would not encourage them regardless -- it's perfectly valid to worry about what's happening here, given the lies and lack of transparency.

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If for example a person wanted to bring small children to Fukushima - I would probably not encourage that. However, Tokyo is fine. Just stay away from certain foods that are possibly contaminated, just like in other countries.

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I voted, NO, but not because of Fukushima. There are many more reasons not to come to Japan than that. If they were coming for a holiday then, yeah, come! It is a great place to explore (if you can afford the accommodation). But, if they intend to come here for work there are much more lucrative countries to visit.

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Anyone who can bring some Cap'n Crunch into Japan for me should come.

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Of course they should come, and if they are worried about radiation, I would suggest flying in to Nagoya or Osaka, and spending most of their time in Kyoto or Nara. Okinawa might be fun, too, but I haven't made it there yet myself. There are lots of non-radioactive things to see in Japan..

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Just get them to swim over and they won't have to worry about the extra dose of radiation once they reach dry land! As for food and whatnot, I'm pretty sure irradiated J food is still a heck of a lot healthier than most of what them 'Mericans stuff in their mouths.

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