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Japan travel updates: Ground transport and international flights
Airports back to normal as Tokyo resumes everyday routines
Airports are no longer particularly busy in spite of the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Italy, China and France, among other countries, suggesting their citizens leave Tokyo. Most say this is due not to fears of radioactive contamination from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, but mainly to concerns about food supplies and power outages.
Gasoline supplies are still under pressure in many parts of Tokyo, but suppliers say they are still coping with most of the demand.
The U.S. Embassy is advising its citizens to remain at least 80 kilometers away from Fukushima. In addition, the U.S. State Department is urging U.S. citizens to defer travel to Japan and also advised that U.S. citizens in Japan should consider departing.
The UK embassy says "British nationals currently in Tokyo and to the north of Tokyo should consider leaving the area." However, it says this is an infrastructure issue and is not related to Fukushima.
Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd also says the fear of radiation is not the reason its citizens should leave Tokyo. Instead, he says, it is the "breakdown of essential services," including school closures, food supplies and electricity outages.
The Japanese government has set up a 30-kilometer exclusion zone around the Fukushima nuclear facility, although many countries are advising their citizens to stay further away if possible.
Airline and rail information
All travelers with flights to or from Japan should check with their airline on the status of flights. Airwise is running a blog with updated information from each airline here.
Non-Japanese citizens leaving the country still need a re-entry permit if they are to return on anything other than a tourist visa.
In Tokyo, railway networks have resumed, as have most subway services. East Japan Railways (JR East) is operating the majority of its services at close to normal. Updated JR East train information can be found on their official website.
Volunteers have set up a blog with English translations of train schedule updates from Japanese language websites.
Foreign nationals in Japan in need of emergency assistance can call a 24-hour help line on 0570 000 911 or visit Japan Helpline's website.