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11 April 2011 13:38
Britons are no longer being advised against non-essential travel to Tokyo
The Foreign Office has lifted its advisory against all non-essential travel to Tokyo following a decrease in radiation risk from the crippled Fukushima reactor.
However, the FCO's travel warning for Japan's north east regions, which bore the brunt of last month's earthquake and tsunami, remains in place.
It is important for people to check relevant FCO travel warnings before they head off on overseas trips, since ignoring the advice can invalidate
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Fears of radiation leak from the nuclear power plant, which was damaged in explosions that followed the twin disasters, have eased following round-the clock efforts to cool and stabilise the reactors.
The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), which has been monitoring the situation at Fukushima, said Tokyo visitors do not face any serious risk from the radiation.
Sage's assessment was conveyed to Foreign Secretary William Hague by the Government's chief scientific adviser Sir John Beddington, following which the travel advice was updated.
In its revised travel advice for Japan the Foreign Office said: "We no longer advise against non-essential travel to Tokyo.
"However, we continue to advise against all non-essential travel to those areas north east of Tokyo most directly affected by the earthquake and the tsunami."
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