7. Japan Tourism Hit Hard After the Earthquake

Don’t worry about radiation—Japan is open for business.

Radiation near Mt. Fuji is the same or lower than that of Los Angeles.

Radiation near Mt. Fuji is the same or lower than that of Los Angeles.     Photo: ken.h/flickr

On Friday, March 11, an earthquake with a magnitude of 9.0 erupted in the ocean 43 miles east of Japan, triggering a tsunami that caused seven meltdowns at three nuclear reactors and killed many Japanese citizens. But you should still travel to Japan. To keep tourism to the country thriving, the Japanese government responded by setting aside 1.5 billion yen (more than $19 million U.S.) for dispelling inflated media reports about radiation. In reality, the total amount of radioactivity released was approximately one-tenth as much as was released at Chernobyl. While the U.S. State Department recommends staying at least 15 miles from Fukishima, reports from global sensor network Safecast.org show that radiation on the drive from Tokyo to Mount Fuji (200 miles from Fukishima) are the same or lower than the levels you’d get driving from Las Vegas to Los Angeles.

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