New York City, NY– The first month after its major earthquake has been an important recovery time for Japan, despite international media releasing floods of extensive coverage on the post-catastrophe situation.Â Thanks to international relief and Japan's resilience, the country has been able to recover infrastructure and commercial activities at a surprisingly fast pace.
Following the British and Canadian governments' ease on travel restrictions to Japan, on April 14, the US has reduced the travel alert to Japan within the 50 mile radius of the Fukushima nuclear power plant, which excludes major cities such as Tokyo and Yokohama, and Tokyo's Narita and Haneda airports.
The majority of regions in Japan, including popular leisure travel destinations, is outside the areas affected by tsunami, earthquake and radiation and received no disruption to infrastructure.Â Everything in these areas continues to operate as usual.Â The greater Tokyo area has already restored its normal condition, and there are no more periodical blackouts.Â The other regions are unharmed, and safe and normal as before.
Except for the proximate areasÂ near the nuclear power plants, there is no dangerous level of radiation detected in Japan. The radiation level in Tokyo is similar to that of New York City.Â International Civil Aviation Organization and other international organizations confirm that the radiation level in the atmosphere is within a reasonable safety level to human health.
Japan’s sophisticated public transportation systems have been recovered to the regular service levels everywhere,Â except for the tsunami-affected regions and there is no shortage of food or water and all products distributed to the public are completely safe.
For daily updates concerning radiation conditions, transportation, events and other travel-related information are also available online at Japan National Tourism Organization's Â North American website.