2 Main Reasons You Should Visit Japan This Year

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Reason 1 : Weaker Yen currency compare to Malaysian Ringgit

Many travelers assume Japan is so expensive as to be out of reach, but times are changing. The new Japanese government’s economic policies are turning the Land of the Rising Sun into the Land of the Falling Yen, and that’s great news for travelers. The U.S. dollar is now worth about 17 percent more against the Japanese yen than it was just six months ago; $1 would have bought you about 80 yen then; today it’s over 93.5 yen.

(Excerpt from Forbes.com : 20 Ways To Visit Japan On The Cheap

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Reason 2 : It is safe to visit Japan the historic earthquake in Japan on March 11

Despite Japan experiencing an unprecedented natural disaster in March 2011, the majority of Japan, including popular tourist destinations, withstood the natural disaster and rapidly recovered. The U.S. Department of State removed the travel alert to Japan on April 13, 2012, stating that “tourist facilities are widely available, except in coastal areas of Northeast Japan still recovering from the aftermath of the March, 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami.”

The Current Radiation Level in Japan
Except for the neighboring areas near the nuclear power plants, there is no dangerous level of radiation detected in Japan. Tokyo is NOT within radiation contamination area, as it is located over 200km (124 miles) away from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant facilities. The radiation level in Tokyo is similar to that of New York City.

How is the safety of drinking water and food in Japan?
Products distributed to the public, including food and water, are rigorously inspected and approved by Japanese authorities for contamination safety. The Japanese government has instituted a food product monitoring system from the world’s highest level of standard, screening over 412,000 agricultural products. So far, there are only 2,866 items (0.69%) has exceeding level of radiation, and these items have been already removed from distribution and disposed. The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare is disclosing results from the current radiation test on food and water here:

Tap Water: http://www.mhlw.go.jp/english/topics/2011eq/index_water_supply.html

Other food products:
http://www.mhlw.go.jp/english/topics/2011eq/index_food_radioactive.html (updated daily)

(Excerpt from Japan Travel Advisory – Updated 9 Sept 2013)

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