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Japan Travel Advice and Warnings: Typhoon Wipha Forecast To Bring Hazardous Sea And Weather Conditions To Parts Of Japan From 15 October

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel. 140,099 British nationals visited Japan in 2011. Most visits are trouble free.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to the exclusion zones around the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear facility identified by the Japanese authorities. Reports on 19 August and 1 September 2013, detail a new leak of around 300 tons of radioactive water at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear facility, which caused Japanese regulators to issue an INES Level 3 rating.

The typhoon season runs from June to December with most activity between July and September. You should monitor the progress of approaching storms. Typhoon Wipha is forecast to bring hazardous sea and weather conditions to parts of Japan from 15 October. There may be some disruption to transport and other infrastructure in the parts of north-eastern Honshu most affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Check with the local authorities or your travel company before you go.

In recent months, the North Korean government has raised tensions through a series of strong public rhetorical statements. The FCO assess that there is no immediate increased risk or danger to those living in or travelling to Japan. However, you should continue to follow this travel advice, where further information will be posted should the situation change.

You should also follow guidance issued by the local authorities.

There is a continuous risk of earthquakes and tsunamis throughout Japan. Latest warnings and advisories are published on the Japan Meteorological Agency website.

There is a low threat from terrorism.

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