One of the reason that influenced mi decision to go spend a part of my vacation in Japan was the tsunami and the Fukushima aftermath that struck Japan last march. I felt grieve for the people in Japan who had to face so many disasters. So I thought that by travelling to japan I could, at least somewhat, boost the declining tourism but also show others that it was perfectly safe.
Before my departure people around me almost declared me crazy to go to Japan right now. Some friend of mine was even afraid to swim in the atlantic ocean because it was directly linked with the pacific ocean where contaminated water from the fukushima plant got released. And when I told them that not a single country had warned its citizens not to go to Tokyo, they would bring up the conspiracy card.
I don't want to downplay the seriousness of the situation. What happened in Fukushima is a proof that nuclear energy is a very dangerous matter that we cannot make 100% foolproof, but on the other hand we shouldn't allow the media to make us paranoid. The first thing we have to take into concideration is that Tokyo is rather far away from Fukushima. Second: although the radiation level was farely higher in Tokyo ofter the meltdown at the reactor, even if the level didn't sink, the radiation dose that I face during the week I spent in Tokyo would still be a lot lower the radiation we are exposed to when our bodies get x-rayed. And theres even the argument that small doses over a longer period are not so dangerous as a higher dose during a short period (like for the x-ray). So I really hope that people will stop to believe blindly what the fear that the media are propagating and analyse the facts for themselves.
Japan is such a beautiful country and the japanese people are some of the friendliest I ever met. The reclining tourism is another disaster for Japan, but in this case me you and everyone still looking for a place where to spend their next vacation can do something about it!